Philosophy of language is the branch of philosophy that examines the nature of meaning, the relationship of language to reality, and the ways in which we use, learn, and understand language.
The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language provides a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the field, charting its key ideas and movements, and addressing contemporary research and enduring questions in the philosophy of language. Unique to this Companion is clear coverage of research from the related disciplines of formal logic and linguistics, and discussion of the applications in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and philosophy of mind.
Organized thematically, the Companion is divided into seven sections: Core Topics; Foundations of Semantics; Parts of Speech; Methodology; Logic for Philosophers of Language; Philosophy of Language for the Rest of Philosophy; and Historical Perspectives.
Comprised of 70 never-before-published essays from leading scholars--including Sally Haslanger, Jeffrey King, Sally McConnell-Ginet, Rae Langton, Kit Fine, John MacFarlane, Jeff Pelletier, Scott Soames, Jason Stanley, Stephen Stich and Zoltan Gendler Szabo--the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language promises to be the most comprehensive and authoritative resource for students and scholars alike.
"Unusual in its scope and ambition, this Companion offers superbly clear and insightful essays by a judicious mix of eminent figures and up-and-coming scholars. In addition to the standard topics, it is particularly good to have state-of-the-art pieces on the relations between philosophy of language and the other main sub-fields of philosophy. An indispensable resource." –Paul Boghossian, New York University
"The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Language has all the virtues of a state-of-the-art collection: lucid articles on cutting-edge topics by leaders in the field, meticulous organization, beyond comprehensive. This book is, and will be for years to come, indispensable." –Robin Jeshion, University of Southern California
"Delia Graff Fara and Gillian Russell’s selection of authors and topics is authoritative, imaginative, and cutting-edge. Both students and specialists will learn much from this volume. The essays are well-designed, substantial launch pads for further exploration." –Timothy Williamson, University of Oxford
"This is a stunningly wide-ranging collection packed with first-rate authors. I cannot think of anything else that comes near it both for breadth of coverage and for quality." –Jennifer Saul, The University of Sheffield
"[This book]excels at being a genuine companion resource, introducing readers not only to the background and core questions that define the philosophy of language, but also to the primary methodologies through which prominent contemporary perspectives on the philosophy of language have, and continue to be, developed. Though the essays in this volume are intended to introduce readers to an area of concern within the study of language, they offer a critical review of it rather than merely mapping the terrain. Thus the book constitutes an invaluable current resource for students and scholars alike. It will appeal to anyone interested in the current state-of-play within this important area of philosophical research. Summing Up: Highly recommended." -A.L. Morton, Saint Xavier University, in Choice
Preface Part 1: Core Topics 1.1 Extensions, Intensions, Character, and Beyond David Braun 1.2 Semantics and Pragmatics Christopher Gauker 1.3 Logical Form Kirk Ludwig 1.4 Presupposition Paul Dekker 1.5 Implicature Laurence Horn 1.6 Pragmatic Enrichment and Conversational Implicature Francois Recanati 1.7 Meaning and Communication Kent Bach 1.8 Compositionality Josh Dever 1.9 Focus and Intonation Daniel Büring 1.10 Context-Sensitivity Ernie Lepore and Tom Donaldson 1.11 Relativism John MacFarlane 1.12 Vagueness J. Robert G. Williams 1.13 Empty Names Sarah Sawyer 1.14 Relevance Theory Robyn Carston 1.15 Truth and Reference in Fiction Stavroula Glezakos Part 2: Foundations of Semantics 2.1 Reference Teresa Robertson 2.2 Theories of Truth Matti Eklund 2.3 Propositions Scott Soames 2.4 Concepts Christopher Peacocke 2.5 Analytic Truth Cory Juhl and Eric Loomis 2.6 Possible Worlds Semantics Daniel Nolan 2.7 Dynamic Semantics Seth Yalcin 2.8 Event Semantics Barry Schein 2.9 Skepticism about Meaning Michael McDermott Part 3: Parts of Speech 3.1 Names Barbara Abbott 3.2 Verbs Zoltan Gendler Szabó 3.3 Adjectives Chris Kennedy 3.4 Quantifiers and Determiners Robert May and Aldo Antonelli 3.5 Generics Sarah-Jane Leslie 3.6 Anaphora Jeffrey King 3.7 Descriptions Peter Ludlow 3.8 Plurals Bernhard Nickel 3.9 Adverbs Delia Graff Fara 3.10 Mass Terms Jeff Pelletier 3.11 Indexicals and Demonstratives Allyson Mount 3.12 Indicative Conditionals Anthony Gillies 3.13 Subjunctive Conditionals Kai von Fintel 3.14 Questions Paul Hagstrom Part 4: Methodology 4.1 The Role of Experiment in the Philosophy of Language Steve Stich and Edouard Machery 4.2 The Role of Linguistics in the Philosophy of Language Sarah Moss 4.3 The Role of Psychology in the Philosophy of Language Robert Stainton 4.4 The Role of Mathematical Methods in the Philosophy of Language Laurence S. Moss 4.5 The Role of Artificial Languages in the Philosophy of Language Martin Stokhof 4.6 The Role of Intuitions in the Philosophy of Language Michael Devitt Part 5: Logic for Philosophers of Language 5.1 Model Theory: What it Is and What it Isn't John P. Burgess 5.2 Logical Quantifiers Gila Sher 5.3 The Logic of Time and Tense Anthony Galton 5.4 Modal Logic and its Applications to the Philosophy of Language Kit Fine 5.5 Two-Dimensional Logics and Two-Dimensionalism in Philosophy Steven Kuhn 5.6 Many-valued Logics Nicholas J.J. Smith 5.7 Dynamic Logic in Natural Language Johan van Bentham 5.8 Intuitionism Allen Hazen 5.9 Richard Montague's Approach to the Semantics of Natural Languages Rich Thomason Part 6: Philosophy of Language for the Rest of Philosophy 6.1 Philosophy of Language for Epistemology Ram Neta 6.2 Philosophy of Language for Metaethics Mark Schroeder 6.3 Philosophy of Language for Metaphysics 6.3.1 Case Study 1: The Language of Causation Eric Swanson 6.3.2 Case Study 2: Dispositional Expressions Alexander Bird 6.4 Philosophy of Language for Normative Ethics 6.4.1 Language, Gender, and Sexuality Sally McConnell-Ginet 6.4.2 Language and Race Rae Langton, Sally Haslanger and Luvell Anderson 6.5 Apriority Sinan Dogramaci 6.6 Necessity and Meaning Gillian Russell 6.7 Propositional Attitude Reports David Shier Part 7: Historical Perspectives 7.1 Ancient Philosophy of Language Luca Castagnoli and Valentina Di Lascio 7.2 Medieval Philosophy of Language Gyula Klima 7.3 Modern Philosophy of Language Michael Losonsky 7.4 Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein Michael Potter 7.5 Logical Positivism and Quine Sanford Shieh 7.6 Ordinary Language Philosophy Michael Beaney 7.7 Pragmatics and Context: The Development of Intensional Semantics Jason Stanley 7.8 A Brief History of Generative Grammar Robert Freidin
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