This engaging and accessible introduction to the philosophy of language provides an important guide to one of the liveliest and most challenging areas of study in philosophy.
Interweaving the historical development of the subject with a thematic overview of the different approaches to meaning, the book provides students with the tools necessary to understand contemporary analytical philosophy. The second edition includes new material on: Chomsky, Wittgenstein and Davidson as well as new chapters on the causal theory of reference, possible worlds semantics and semantic externalism.
'Alex Miller has thought incisively about how to introduce contemporary philosophy to students. His book covers a lot of ground, but by well-judged selection and outstandingly well-organised and lucid exposition he has been able to go into a number of topics quite deeply...this book is excellent.' - Philosophical Books
'An accessible and well-informed guide to this current debate and its origins; professionals as well as students will find this book useful.' - Times Literary Supplement
Table of Contents
1. Frege: Semantic Value and Reference 2. Frege and Russell: Sense and Definite Descriptions 3. Sense and Verificationism: Logical Positivism 4. Scepticism about Sense (I): Quine on Analyticity and Translation 5. Scepticism about Sense (II):Kripke’s Wittgenstein 6. Saving Sense: Responses to the Sceptical Paradox 7. Sense, Intention and Speech Acts: Grice’s Programme 8. Sense and Truth: Tarski and Davidson 9. Sense, World and Metaphysics