Linguistic Content: New Essays on the History of Philosophy of Language

Hardcover | April 22, 2015

EditorMargaret Cameron, Robert J. Stainton

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Philosophy of language has a rich and varied history stretching back to the Ancient Greeks. Twelve specially written essays explore this richness, from Plato and Aristotle, through the Stoics, to medieval thinkers, both Islamic and Christian; from the Renaissance and the early modern period,all the way up to the twentieth Century. Among the many topics that arise across this 2500-year trajectory are metaphysical questions about linguistic content. A first focal point of the volume is the issue of which broad ontological family linguistic contents belong to. Are linguistic contents mental ideas, physical particulars, abstract Forms, social practices, or something else again? And do different sorts of linguistic contents belong to differentontological categories-e.g., might it be that names stand for ideas, whereas logical terms stand for mental processes? The second focal point is the metaphysical grounding of linguistic content: that is, in virtue of what more basic facts do content facts obtain? Do words mean what they do becauseof natural resemblances? Because of causal relations? Because of arbitrary conventional usage? Or because of some combination of the above?

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Philosophy of language has a rich and varied history stretching back to the Ancient Greeks. Twelve specially written essays explore this richness, from Plato and Aristotle, through the Stoics, to medieval thinkers, both Islamic and Christian; from the Renaissance and the early modern period,all the way up to the twentieth Century. Amon...

Margaret Cameron completed her PhD in the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 2005. She is currently Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Aristotelian Tradition at the University of Victoria. Robert Stainton first studied Philosophy and Linguistics as an undergraduat...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.89 inPublished:April 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Margaret Cameron and Robert Stainton: Introduction1. Deborah Modrak: Method, Meaning, and Ontology in Plato's Philosophy of Language2. Francesco Ademollo: Names, Verbs, and Sentences in Ancient Greek Philosophy3. Margaret Cameron: On what is said: the Stoics and Peter Abelard4. Peter Adamson and Alexander Key: Philosophy of Language in the Medieval Arabic Tradition5. Joke Spruyt and Catarina Dutilh Novaes: Those 'funny words': medieval theories of syncategorematic terms6. Gyula Klima: Semantic Content in Aquinas and Ockham7. Lodi Nauta: Meaning and Linguistic Usage in Renaissance Humanism: The case of Valla8. E. Jennifer Ashworth: Medieval Theories of Signification to John Locke9. Benjamin Hill: Locke on the Names of Modes10. Michael Forster: Herder's Doctrine of Meaning as Use11. Patrick Rysiew: Thomas Reid on Language12. Laurent Cesalli: 'Meaning in Action': Anton Marty's Pragmatic Semantics