Meaning, Understanding, and Practice: Philosophical Essays

Paperback | July 4, 2002

byBarry Stroud

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Meaning, Understanding, and Practice is a selection of the most notable essays of a leading contemporary philosopher on a set of central topics in the subject. Barry Stroud offers penetrating studies of meaning, understanding, necessity, and the intentionality of thought. One question runningthrough many of the essays is how much can be expected from a philosophical account of a person's understanding the meaning of something, and whether it can succeed without implying that the person understands many other things as well. Five of the essays focus on the philosophy of Wittgenstein, andat least that many others work with ideas derived from Wittgenstein. In a helpful introduction Stroud explains how the essays are related to one another and how some of his ideas about these questions developed over the years.

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Meaning, Understanding, and Practice is a selection of the most notable essays of a leading contemporary philosopher on a set of central topics in the subject. Barry Stroud offers penetrating studies of meaning, understanding, necessity, and the intentionality of thought. One question runningthrough many of the essays is how much can b...

Barry Stroud is Mills Professor of Metaphysics and Epistemology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Hume (1977, winner of the Matchette Prize awarded by the American Philosophical Association), The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism (1984), The Quest for Reality (1999), and another volume of philosophi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.56 inPublished:July 4, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Wittgenstein and Logical Necessity (1965)2. Conventionalism and the Indeterminacy of Translation (1968)3. Inference, Belief, and Understanding (1979)4. Evolution and the Necessities of Thought (1981)5. Wittgenstein's 'Treatment' of the Quest for 'a language which describes my inner experiences and which only I myself can understand' (1983)6. Wittgenstein on Meaning, Understanding, and Community (1990)7. Quine's Physicalism (1990)8. Meaning, Understanding, and Translation (1990)9. The Background of Thought (1991)10. Quine on Exile and Acquiescence (1995)11. Mind, Meaning, and Practice (1996)12. The Theory of Meaning and the Practice of Communication (1998)13. Private Objects, Physical Objects, and Ostension (2000)Index