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Mon Nov 05 2018

Books: Philosophical Semantics: Costa

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Subject: Philosophical Semantics: Costa
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Title: Philosophical Semantics
Subtitle: Reintegrating Theoretical Philosophy
Published: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Author: Claudio Costa
Hardback: ISBN: 9781527508651 Pages: 494 Price: U.K. £ 67.99

This book offers an innovative systematic approach to the problems of meaning, reference and related issues, unifying in promising ways some of the best insights, not only of exponential philosophers like Wittgenstein and Frege, but also of some influential later theorists like Michael Dummett, Ernst Tugendhat, John Searle and Donald Williams. Moreover, it exposes some main errors popularized by clever formalist-oriented philosophers, from Willard Van Orman Quine to Saul Kripke and Hilary Putnam. In this way, it shows how some older major approaches could regain their central importance and how the cartography of philosophy of language could be once more redrawn. The book is clearly written, and will be of interest to anyone with basic training in analytic philosophy.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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