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Philosophy of Language: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)

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Philosophy of Language introduces the student to the main issues and theories in twentieth-century philosophy of language. Topics are structured in three parts in the book. Part I, Reference and Referring Expressions, includes topics such as Russell's Theory of Desciptions, Donnellan's distinction, problems of anaphora, the description theory of proper names, Searle's clus ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Routledge (first published 1999)
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Marcus Lira
This was the 2nd time I read this textbook, so I just want to share a random thought:

I couldn't help but chuckle every time William G. Lycan said David Cameron could be the British Prime Minister in a possible world. Turns out, just two years after he published this book, it happened to be true in this very world we live in. Who'd imagine philosophers can be clairvoyants too? :)
Nov 23, 2013 Matt rated it liked it
Good book to get an overview of what the philosophers are talking about when they discuss language. For the serious reader, the author offers tough questions at the end of each chapter and also offers pointers to further readings. This is not an easy introduction. Below are my reading notes.

# High-level View
### What are the problems we need to solve with the philosophy of language?
- We need to come up with a way to talk about language so that we can solve the foregoing "four puzzles".
- We need t
Lycan's introduction to the philosophy of language is fairly easy to read, but it is also not the most exciting book to pick up. The first third I found to be interesting, but as the book went on I found my attention drifting further and further away.

Of course he covers some of the most important figures in the field; how can you get through a Phi of Language book without referencing Davidson or Searle? Lycan also adds his own opinions into the mix, however, which subtly moves his position forwa
Ali Reda
May 07, 2015 Ali Reda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A dense book, full of details, trying to cover most of the topics of the philosophy of language from frege to kripke and searle. I liked his straight to the point and logical style. A good but a tiring read.
Mar 03, 2017 Jacqui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good intro with amusing examples and a thorough bibliography.

Kudos: Chapter summarizing bullet points are consistently helpful and occasionally superb.
Arturo Javier
Feb 11, 2013 Arturo Javier rated it really liked it
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Como es de esperarse en una introducción, el libro es bastante claro. Me habría gustado tener el libro a la mano cuando cursaba la asignatura de filosofía del lenguaje en la licenciatura, ya que el material no es muy técnico y cubre considerablemente más terreno del que suele cubrirse en clase. Algo que me hubiera gustado ver en el libro (y que no vi) es una discusión más amplia sobre las proposiciones (en particular, sobre el debate proposiciones como conjuntos de mundos posibles vs proposicion ...more
Daniel Gormly
Nov 16, 2016 Daniel Gormly rated it really liked it
Not necessarily the most difficult concepts to grasp, but still dense and incredibly tiring.

Begins with the most intuitive or at least naive concept of direct reference theory of meaning and examines its inadequateness in light of four logical puzzles.

Examines imperatives, declaratives and interrogatives, grunts, synonyms and metaphors. Scrutinises theories for attempting to cover too much and conflating concepts that have substantial grounds for differentiation and others that uncomfortably and
Apr 06, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it
This is a helpful and clear introduction to the topic. From Russel's theory of description, to proposition theory of meaning, Grice's psychological based theory of meaning, verificationism, to theories of pragmatic semantics and metaphor Lycan has an entertaining and clear presentation of major ideas, and objections.
Oct 07, 2016 Mj rated it liked it
This is a completely competent introduction to the philosophy of language. If you are interested in the subject, feel free to pick it up (if your professor hasn't already added it to required reading).
Devon Fritz
May 15, 2012 Devon Fritz rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting introduction to a lot of modern philosophical problems of language. I recommend it for anyone interested in linguistics.
Dec 19, 2009 AC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another introductory book -- and an excellent one.
Feb 02, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A clear and helpful introduction to the philosophy of language.
Jan 19, 2017 Henrik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly well-written, easy to read, and actually quite funny description of what kinds of problems Philosophy of Language deals with, and the various ways it has (not yet) solved them.
Marcus Lira
Jan 09, 2008 Marcus Lira rated it it was amazing
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A magnific introduction to most of the important problems in contemporary philosophy of language (come to think of it, that's the best title this book could ever have)
Aug 12, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A funny and intelligent introduction to some of the major issues in Anglo-American philosophy of language.
Dec 31, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it
a nice actually readable introduction ..
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