An Essay on Names and Truth

Paperback | October 11, 2007

byWolfram Hinzen

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This pioneering book lays new foundations for the study of reference and truth. It seeks to explain the origins and characteristics of human ways of relating to the world by means of an understanding of the inherent structures of the mind. Wolfram Hinzen explores truth in the light of NoamChomsky's Minimalist Program. Truth, he argues, is a function of the human mind and, in particular, likely presupposes the structure of the human clause. Professor Hinzen begins by setting out the essentials of the Minimalist Program and by considering the explanatory role played by the interfaces of the linguistic system with other cognitive systems. He then sets out an internalist reconstruction of meaning. He argues that meaning stems fromconcepts, originating not from reference but from intentional relations built up in human acts of language in which such concepts figure. How we refer, he suggests, is a function of the concepts we possess, rather than the reverse in which reference to the world gives us the concepts to realize it.He concludes with extended accounts of declarative sentences and names, the two aspects of language which seem most inimical to his approach.The book makes important and radical contributions to theory and debate in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science. The author frames his argument in a way that will be readily comprehensible to scholars and advanced students in all three disciplines.

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This pioneering book lays new foundations for the study of reference and truth. It seeks to explain the origins and characteristics of human ways of relating to the world by means of an understanding of the inherent structures of the mind. Wolfram Hinzen explores truth in the light of NoamChomsky's Minimalist Program. Truth, he argues,...

Wolfram Hinzen obtained a PhD from the University of Bern and a Habilitation from the University of Regensburg. He became an Assistant Professor at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2003, and Professor of Philosophy of Language at the University of Durham in 2006. His research is broadly placed in the biolinguistic program and address...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:October 11, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199226520

ISBN - 13:9780199226528

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Table of Contents

1. Roots of the Intentional2. The Atoms of Thought3. Structures for Concepts4. Structure for Truth5. Structure for NamesOverall ConclusionsBibliographyIndex

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"It is rare to find a philosopher with the knowledge and competence to do serious grammatical investigation, or a grammarian with the scope and sophistication to do significant philosophical analysis."--Juan Uriagereka, University of Maryland