Meanings and Other Things

Hardcover | December 31, 2016

EditorGary Ostertag

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Stephen Schiffer's writing has been central to analytic philosophy of language and mind since the 1970s. In 1972 his book Meaning launched an important research program into Gricean, or intention-based, approaches to linguistic meaning, which would come to dominate much subsequent theorizingabout language. A sea change occurred in 1987 with the publication of Remnants of Meaning. Schiffer here repudiated the project initiated by Meaning, arguing that the theory of public-language meaning it described and the account of mental representation it required were based on falsepresuppositions. The ramifications here were far reaching and set the agenda for discussions in the philosophy of language and mind for a generation. In 2003, The Things We Mean initiated a more positive program, but one informed by the negative results of Remnants. Things also reflected thebroadening of Schiffer's concerns, which now extended to metaphysics, metaethics, and the skeptical paradoxes. In Meanings and Other Things fourteen leading philosophers explore central themes in Schiffer's writings. Topics range from theories of meaning to moral cognitivism, the nature of paradox, and the problem of vagueness. The volume also contains a comprehensive introduction that describes theevolution of Schiffer's thought, and closes with Schiffer's replies to his critics, extended essays that bring us up to date on Schiffer's current thinking on the themes that have defined not only his career, but philosophy of language as it is now practised.

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Stephen Schiffer's writing has been central to analytic philosophy of language and mind since the 1970s. In 1972 his book Meaning launched an important research program into Gricean, or intention-based, approaches to linguistic meaning, which would come to dominate much subsequent theorizingabout language. A sea change occurred in 1987...

Gary Ostertag received his PhD at the Graduate Center, CUNY, writing under Stephen Schiffer. From 2009-2014 he was director of The Saul Kripke Center, where he oversaw the publication of Philosophical Troubles and Reference and Existence. His publications include the edited volume, Definite Descriptions: A Reader (MIT, 1998), and artic...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.1 inPublished:December 31, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I1. Amie Thomasson: Easy Ontology and its Consequences2. Thomas Hofweber: From Remnants to Things, and Back Again3. Ian Rumfitt: Objects of Thought4. Michael Smith: Schiffer s Unhappy-Face SolutionPart II5. Gary Ostertag: Propositional Platitudes6. Ray Buchanan: Schiffer s Puzzle: A Kind of Fregean Response7. Nathan Salmon: Constraint with RestraintPart III8. Dorothy Edgington: Schiffer on Indeterminacy, Vagueness, and Conditionals9. Hartry Field: Vagueness, Partial Belief, and Logic10. Crispin Wright: On the Characterization of Borderline Cases11. Paul Horwich: The Nature of ParadoxPart IV12. Stephen Neale: Silent Reference13. Anita Avramides: Abiding Intentions14. Kent Bach: Schiffer on Russell s Theory and Referential UsesPart V: Replies to the Essays15. Stephen Schiffer: Pleonastic Entities: Responses to Amie Thomasson, Thomas Hofweber, Ian Rumfitt, and Michael Smith16. Stephen Schiffer: De Re Belief Reports: Response to Gary Ostertag17. Stephen Schiffer: The Relativity Feature: Response to Ray Buchanan18. Stephen Schiffer: De Re Subtleties: Response to Nathan Salmon19. Stephen Schiffer: Vagueness and Indeterminacy: Responses to Dorothy Edgington, Hartry Field and Crispin Wright20. Stephen Schiffer: A Source of Paradox: Response to Paul Horwich21. Stephen Schiffer: Gricean Semantics and Reference: Responses to Anita Avramides, Stephen Neale, and Kent Bach