The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language


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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language

Ernest Lepore & Barry C. Smith 2008

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The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.

Ernie Lepore and Barry Smith present the definitive reference work for this diverse and fertile field of philosophy. A superb international team contribute more than forty brand-new essays covering topics from the nature of language to meaning, truth, and reference, and the interfaces of philosophy of language with linguistics, psychology, logic, epistemology, and metaphysics. It will be an essential resource for anyone working in the central areas of philosophy, for linguists interested in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and for psychologists and cognitive scientists working on language.


“This mammoth book should be read by anyone with an interest not only in philosophy of language, but in semantics and pragmatics, and even, though less centrally, in syntax. Though not introductory in the sense that it could be read by a first year student, it is well worth the effort of reading and, given the overall clarity of the chapters, accessible. The quality of the papers is sustained throughout and is of the highest sandard.”

About the Author

Ernest Lepore is Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous articles in philosophy of mind and is co-author (with Jerry Fodor) of “Holism” (Blackwell, 1991). He is editor of “Truth and Interpretation” (Blackwell, 1989). He is co-editor (with Zenon Pylyshyn) of “What is Cognitive Science”? (Blackwell, 1999), and co-editor (with Robert Van Gulick) of “John Searle and His Critics” (Blackwell, 1992), as well as general editor of the series “Philosophers and Their Critics,” also published by Blackwell.