Meaning

Paperback | November 1, 1998

byPaul Horwich

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What is meaning? Paul Horwich presents an original philosophical theory, demonstrates its richness, and defends it against all comers. At the core of his theory is the idea, made famous by Wittgenstein, that the meaning of a word derives from its use; Horwich articulates this idea in a new waythat will restore it to the prominence that it deserves. He surveys the diversity of valuable insights into meaning that have been gained in the twentieth century, and seeks to accommodate them within his theory. His aim is not to correct a common-sense view of meaning, but to vindicate it: he seeksto take the mystery out of meaning. Horwich's 1990 book Truth established itself both as the definitive exposition and defence of a notable philosophical theory, `minimalism', and as a stimulating, straightforward introduction to philosophical debate about truth. Meaning now gives the broader context in which the theory of truthoperates, and is published simultaneously with a revised edition of Truth, in which Horwich refines and develops his treatment of the subject in the light of subsequent discussions, while preserving the distinctive format which made the book so successful. The two books together present acompelling view of the relations between language, thought, and reality. They will be essential reading for all philosophers of language.

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What is meaning? Paul Horwich presents an original philosophical theory, demonstrates its richness, and defends it against all comers. At the core of his theory is the idea, made famous by Wittgenstein, that the meaning of a word derives from its use; Horwich articulates this idea in a new waythat will restore it to the prominence that...

Paul Horwich is Professor of Philosophy at University College London. He was previously Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019823824X

ISBN - 13:9780198238249

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Pseudo-Constraints on an Adequate Theory of Meaning3. Meaning as Use4. Truth5. Reference6. Implicit Definition, Analyticity, and A-priori Knowledge7. The Composition of Meanings8. Norms of Language9. Quelling Quine's Qualms10. A Straight Solution to Kripke's Sceptical ParadoxBibliographyIndex

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`An important book ... a thought-provoking challenge to the current orthodoxies surrounding meaning, one on which all advocates of formal semantics - indeed all those who want an answer to the question of what meaning is - will do well to reflect'The Philosophical Review