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Referring to the World

An Opinionated Introduction to the Theory of Reference

Kenneth A. Taylor

Referring to the World

Referring to the World

An Opinionated Introduction to the Theory of Reference

Referring to the World

 

This book is a contribution to ongoing debates in the philosophy of language about reference and truth. The ideas discussed have been important not only in philosophy but in logic, linguistics, psychology, computer science and other areas concerned with thought and communication.


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Beschrijving Referring to the World

Our words and ideas refer to objects and properties in the external world; this phenomenon is central to thought, language, communication, and science. But great works of fiction are full of names that don't seem to refer to anything! In this book Kenneth A. Taylor explores the myriad of problems that surround the phenomenon of reference. How can words in language and perturbations in our brains come to stand for external objects? Reference is essential to truth, but
which is more basic: reference or truth? How can fictional characters play such an important role in imagination and literature, and how does this use of language connect with more mundane uses?

Taylor develops a framework for understanding reference, and the theories that other thinkers-past and present-have developed about it. But Taylor doesn't simply tell us what others thought; the book is full of new ideas and analyses, making for a vital final contribution from a seminal philosopher.


ISBN
9780195144741
Pagina's
312
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NUR
616
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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