Higher Education

On the Philosophy of Language, 1st Edition

  • S. Jack Odell University of Maryland
  • ISBN-10: 0534595812  |  ISBN-13: 9780534595814
  • 208 Pages
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $14.25



ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE provides an engaging, first-hand survey of all the main issues and debates in the philosophy of language, with an emphasis on meaning and reference. From an initial examination of the origins of the field in the work of Russell and Frege, Odell goes on to discuss speech act theory, ordinary language approaches, the Quinean indeterminacy theses, and evolutionary semantics. The text serves well as either a stand-alone introduction to the philosophy of language in its historical and contemporary aspects or as a supplementary text to primary readings in the philosophy of language. The Wadsworth Philosophical Topics Series presents readers with concise, timely, and insightful introductions to a variety of traditional and contemporary philosophical subjects. With this series edited by Robert Talisse of Vanderbilt University, philosophy students will be able to discover the richness of philosophical inquiry across a wide array of concepts, including hallmark philosophical themes and topics typically underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by a distinguished list of scholars who have been noted for their exceptional teaching abilities, this series presents the vast sweep of today's philosophical exploration in highly accessible and affordable volumes. These books will prove valuable to philosophy teachers and their students as well as to other readers who share a general interest in philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Meaning as Referring (Frege, Russell, Meinong and the Early Wittgenstein).
2. Meaning as Use (The Later Wittgenstein, Strawson, Austin and Searle).
3. Other Theories of Meaning (Verification, Truth Functional and Inferential Theories; Carnap, Tarski, and Davidson).
4. Descriptive and Causal Theories of Referring (Strawson, Searle, Kripke and Putnam).
5. Philosophy, Linguistics and Cognitive Science (Chomsky, Fodor and the Later Wittgenstein).
6. The Cipher or Paraphrastic Account of Conventional Meaning.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

S. Jack Odell

S. Jack Odell (Ph.D., University of Illinois) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy. Professor Odell works in the theory of meaning, Wittgenstein, metaphilosophy, and Twentieth-Century philosophy.