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Title: Linguistic Turns in Modern Philosophy
Written By: Michael Losonsky
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=052165470X
Series Title: The Evolution of Modern Philosophy
Description:

This book traces the linguistic turns in the history of modern philosophy
and the development of the philosophy of language from Locke to
Wittgenstein. It examines the contributions of canonical figures such as
Leibniz, Mill, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Austin, Quine, and Davidson,
as well as those of Condillac, Humboldt, Chomsky, and Derrida. Michael
Losonsky argues that the philosophy of language begins with Locke's Essay
Concerning Human Understanding. He shows how the history of the philosophy
of language in the modern period is marked by a dichotomy between formal
and pragmatic perspectives on language and that modern philosophy has not
been able to integrate these two aspects of human language. Language as a
human activity and language as a syntactic and semantic system remain
distinct and competing focal points, although the interplay between these
points of view has driven the development of the philosophy of language.

Written with both specialists and lay audiences in mind
Sympathetic and informed treatment of continental and analytic traditions
An analytical history of the philosophy of language as well as an
assessment of the state of the art

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521652561
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 294
Prices: U.S. $ 70.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052165470X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 294
Prices: U.S. $ 24.99