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Puzzles of Reference

Herman Cappelen and Josh Dever

July 2018

ISBN: 9780198799849

224 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

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Price: £16.99

Reference is a central topic in the philosophy of language, linguistic semantics, and related areas of philosophy and linguistics. This textbook offers an up-to-date introduction to key debates about reference. While comprehensive in approach, it is written for students and does not assume any prior training in philosophy of language.

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Reference is a central topic in the philosophy of language, linguistic semantics, and related areas of philosophy and linguistics. This textbook offers an up-to-date introduction to key debates about reference. While comprehensive in approach, it is written for students and does not assume any prior training in philosophy of language.

  • Invaluable textbook on reference for students of philosophy and linguistics
  • Assumes no prior knowledge and is suitable for anyone interested in this central feature of language
  • Gives a comprehensive overview of the field up to the present day
  • Each chapter closes with a summary and further reading list to consolidate knowledge and help the reader explore topics further
  • Questions at the end of each chapter will help students and lecturers ensure material is understood
  • This is the second volume in a new series of textbooks in philosophy of language and linguistics: Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy of Language. The first volume is Context and Communication (2016).

About the Author(s)

Herman Cappelen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oslo/University of St Andrews, and Josh Dever, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin

Herman Cappelen is a professor of philosophy at the universities of Oslo and St Andrews. He is a Research Director at CSMN (in Oslo), and the Editor-in-Chief of Inquiry. He is the author of six books and many papers.

Josh Dever is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and a professorial fellow at the Arche research centre at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of many papers in philosophy of language and logic, and the co-author with Herman Cappelen of The Inessential Indexical and Context and Communication. He is also an associate editor of Semantics and Pragmatics.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1: Introduction to Kripkeanism and the Rejection of Fregeanism
    2: A Puzzle about Belief, Reference, and Agency
    3: A Puzzle About Referring To What Isn't There
    4: The Puzzle of Essential Indexicality
    5: Reference Magnetism and a Puzzle About Reference Determination
    6: A Puzzle About Naming Arbitrarily
    7: Predicativism: The Puzzle of 'Every Alfred'
    8: Plural Reference: The Puzzle of 'John and Paul and George and Ringo'
    9: A Puzzle about Intuitions and Methodology
    10: The End of Reference?