This is an introduction and guide to the key thinkers in the study of the philosophy of language, from Gottlob Frege to Ludwig Wittgenstein and Jacques Derrida. Philosophers have raised and struggled with questions relating to human language for more than 2000 years. "Philosophy of Language: The Key Thinkers" offers a comprehensive historical overview of this fascinating field. Thirteen specially commissioned essays introduce and explore the contributions of those philosophers who have shaped the subject and the central issues and arguments therein. Philosophical questions relating to language have been subjected to particularly intense scrutiny since the work of Gottlob Frege in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This book concentrates on the development of philosophical views on language over the last 130 years, offering coverage of all the leading thinkers in the field including Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Austin, Quine, Chomsky, Grice, Davidson, Dummett and Kripke. Crucially the book demonstrates how the ideas and arguments of these key thinkers have contributed to our understanding of the theoretical account of language use and its central concepts.
Ideal for undergraduate students, the book lays the necessary foundations for a complete and thorough understanding of this fascinating subject. "The Key Thinkers" series is aimed at undergraduate students and offers clear, concise and accessible edited guides to the key thinkers in each of the central topics in philosophy. Each book offers a comprehensive overview of the major thinkers who have contributed to the historical development of a key area of philosophy, providing a survey of their major works and the evolution of the central ideas in that area.
Barry Lee is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York, UK.
Introduction Barry Lee; 1. Gottlob Frege Mike Beaney; 2. Bertrand Russell Kenneth A. Taylor; 3. Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Early Period Arif Ahmed; 4. J.L. Austin Stephen Barker; 5. W.V.O.Quine Peter Hylton; 6. Noam Chomsky John Collins; 7. Paul Grice Kent Bach; 8. Donald Davidson Ernie Lepore and Kirk Ludwig; 9. Michael Dummett Barry C. Smith; 10. Saul Kripke Bryan Frances; 11. Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Late Period Arif Ahmed; 12. Rudolf Carnap; 13. Jacques Derrida Tom Baldwin; Conclusion and Recent Work Barry Lee; Further Reading; Index.