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Philosophy of Language The Classics Explained

By: Colin McGinn(Author)
225 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: MIT Press
Philosophy of Language
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Many beginning students in philosophy of language find themselves grappling with dense and difficult texts not easily understood by someone new to the field. Philosophy of Language offers an introduction to philosophy of language by explaining ten classic, often anthologized, texts. Accessible and thorough, written with a unique combination of informality and careful formulation, the book addresses sense and reference, proper names, definite descriptions, indexicals, the definition of truth, truth and meaning, and the nature of speaker meaning, as addressed by Frege, Kripke, Russell, Donnellan, Kaplan, Evans, Putnam, Tarski, Davidson, and Grice. The explanations aim to be as simple as possible without sacrificing accuracy; critical assessments are included with the exposition in order to stimulate further thought and discussion.

Philosophy of Language will be an essential resource for undergraduates in a typical philosophy of language course or for graduate students with no background in the field. It can be used in conjunction with an anthology of classic texts, sparing the instructor much arduous exegesis.


- Frege on Sense and Reference
- Kripke on Names
- Russell on Definite Descriptions
- Donnellan's Distinction
- Kaplan on Demonstratives
- Evans on Understanding Demonstratives
- Putnam on Semantic Externalism
- Tarski's Theory of Truth
- Davidson's Semantics for Natural Language
- Grice's Theory of Speaker Meaning


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Colin McGinn has taught philosophy at institutions of higher learning including University College London, Rutgers University, and Oxford University. He is the author of The Character of Mind, Consciousness and Its Objects, The Meaning of Disgust, and other books.

By: Colin McGinn(Author)
225 pages, no illustrations
Publisher: MIT Press
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