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Tue Aug 11 1998

Books: Philosophy of Lang

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Philosophy of Lang

Message 1: Philosophy of Lang

Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 14:07:12 -0400
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Philosophy of Lang

The following is a book which readers of this list might find of
interest. For more information please visit

Definite Descriptions

A Reader

edited by Gary Ostertag

Bertrand Russell's theory of definite descriptions sparked an ongoing
debate concerning the proper logical and linguistic analysis of
definite descriptions. While it is now widely acknowledged that, like
the indexical expressions 'I', 'here', and 'now', definite
descriptions in natural language are context-sensitive, there is
significant disagreement as to the ultimate challenge this
context-sensitivity poses to Russell's theory.

This reader is intended both to introduce students to the philosophy
of language via the theory of descriptions, and to provide scholars in
analytic philosophy with ready access to some of the central
contributions in this area. It includes classic works by Russell,
Carnap, Strawson, Lambert, Donnellan, Grice, Peacocke, Kripke,
Wettstein, Soames, Neale, and Schiffer.

Gary Ostertag is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at
New York University.

A Bradford Book
August 1998
6 x 9, 448 pp.
ISBN 0-262-65049-5

Jud Wolfskill 
Associate Publicist Phone: (617) 253-2079
MIT Press Fax: (617) 253-1709
Five Cambridge Center E-mail: 
ambridge, MA 02142-1493 

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