This volume offers a collective critical engagement with the thought of Charles Travis, a leading contemporary philosopher of language and mind, and a scholar of the history of analytical philosophy. The work of Charles Travis is fundamentally situated in the analytical tradition, yet is also radically at odds with many assumptions characteristic of the tradition, especially as regards the nature of language and perception as representational capacities. Twelve
philosophers explore themes in his work, and Travis gives extended responses. The editors provide an introductory chapter which situates Travis's ideas in the context of contemporary philosophy of language and mind. The volume divides into three sections, relating to language, thought, and perception.
Topics covered in detail include: the nature of linguistic and perceptual representation; Frege; Wittgenstein; the role of context in fixing speech content; and the structure of thought.
John Collins is Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. His work focuses on the philosophy of language, with especial reference to the status and results of generative linguistics. He also researches on truth, propositions, and various issues in the philosophy of mind. He is the author of many papers, and the books Chomsky: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2008) and The Unity of Linguistic Meaning (OUP, 2011). Tamara Dobler is EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Amsterdam. She has written articles on Wittgenstein and context-sensitivity, and her current research focuses on formal modelling of occasion-sensitivity of declarative and interrogative sentences. Charles Travis is Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at King's College, London. He is the author of many journal articles and numerous books, including, most recently, Perception: Essays after Frege (OUP 2013) and Objectivity and the Parochial (OUP 2010).