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Meaning Synopsis

What is meaning? Paul Horwich presents an original philosophical theory, demonstrates its richness, and defends it against all comers. At the core of his theory is the idea, made famous by Wittgenstein, that the meaning of a word derives from its use; Horwich articulates this idea in a new way that will restore it to the prominence that it deserves. He surveys the diversity of valuable insights into meaning that have been gained in the twentieth century, and seeks to accommodate them within his theory. His aim is not to correct a common-sense view of meaning, but to vindicate it: he seeks to take the mystery out of meaning. Horwich's 1990 book Truth established itself both as the definitive exposition and defence of a notable philosophical theory, `minimalism', and as a stimulating, straightforward introduction to philosophical debate about truth. Meaning now gives the broader context in which the theory of truth operates, and is published simultaneously with a revised edition of Truth, in which Horwich refines and develops his treatment of the subject in the light of subsequent discussions, while preserving the distinctive format which made the book so successful. The two books together present a compelling view of the relations between language, thought, and reality. They will be essential reading for all philosophers of language.

Meaning Press Reviews

An important book ... a thought-provoking challenge to the current orthodoxies surrounding meaning, one on which all advocates of formal semantics - indeed all those who want an answer to the question of what meaning is - will do well to reflect * The Philosophical Review * The remarkable clarity and ease of presentation make it ideal reading for students of philosophy and of the philosophy of language * Years Work in English Studies *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780198238249
Publication date: 1st November 1998
Author: Paul (Professor of Philosophy, University College, London) Horwich
Publisher: Clarendon Press an imprint of Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 254 pages
Categories: Philosophy of language, Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge, Semantics, discourse analysis, etc, Philosophy of mind,

About Paul (Professor of Philosophy, University College, London) Horwich

Paul Horwich is Professor of Philosophy at University College London. He was previously Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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