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Title: A History of Language Philosophies
Written By: Lia Formigari
Description:

Theory and history combine in this book to form a coherent narrative of the debates on language and languages in the Western world, from ancient classic philosophy to the present, with a final glance at on-going discussions on language as a cognitive tool, on its bodily roots and philogenetic role.

An introductory chapter reviews the epistemological areas that converge into, or contribute to, language philosophy, and discusses their methods, relations, and goals. In this context, the status of language philosophy is discussed in its relation to the sciences and the arts of language. Each chapter is followed by a list of suggested readings that refer the reader to the final bibliography.

About the author: Lia Formigari, Professor Emeritus at University of Rome,
La Sapienza. Her publications include: Language and Experience in
XVIIth-century British Philosophy. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: J. Benjamins,
1988; Signs, Science and Politics. Philosophies of Language in Europe
1700–1830. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: J. Benjamins, 1993; La sémiotique empiriste face au kantisme. Liège: Mardaga, 1994.


Table of contents

Foreword ix-x
1. A map of the area 1-14
2. Language, thought, and reality 15-38
3. A natural history of speech 39-55
4. Philosophy of language from Boethius to Locke 57-82
5. Language and philosophy from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment 83-128
6. Languages, peoples, and nations 129-147
7. Language and philosophy at the turn of the 19th century 149-188
8. Conclusion: A glance at on-going work 189-206
Bibliography 207-236
Author index 237-243
Subject index 245-250

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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History of Linguistics
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