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The Philosophy of Language

Sixth Edition

Edited by A.P. Martinich and David Sosa

Publication Date - November 2012

ISBN: 9780199795154

752 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $124.99

The essential text in philosophy of language, this volume brings together forty-eight of the most important articles in the field


What is meaning? How is linguistic communication possible? What is the nature of language? What is the relationship between language and the world? How do metaphors work? The Philosophy of Language, Sixth Edition, is an excellent introduction to such fundamental questions.

Incorporating insights from new coeditor David Sosa, the sixth edition collects forty-eight of the most important articles in the field, making it the most up-to-date and comprehensive volume on the subject. Revised to address changing trends and contemporary developments, the sixth edition features eighteen new articles, including influential work by Kent Bach, Paul Boghossian, M. A. E. Dummett, Delia Graff Fara, Hartry Field, H. P. Grice and P.F. Strawson, Carl G. Hempel, Saul Kripke, Benson Mates, Hilary Putnam, Diana Raffman, Nathan Salmon, Stephen Schiffer, John R. Searle, Roy Sorenson, David Sosa, Dennis Stampe, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. A general introduction and introductions to each section give students background to the issues and explain the connections between them. A bibliography of suggested further reading follows each section.

New to this Edition

  • Updated to reflect current scholarship
  • Includes 18 new readings

About the Author(s)

A. P. Martinich is Roy Allison Vaughn Centennial Professor in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

David Sosa is Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Professors Martinich and Sosa are the coeditors of Analytic Philosophy: An Anthology, Second Edition (2011).

Previous Publication Date(s)

December 2006
November 2000
January 1996


"After nurturing several generations of philosophy of language students, this is arguably still the best sourcebook in the field. It is ideal for, if not indispensable to, the first course in the discipline."--Yuri Balashov, University of Georgia

"The organization of the book is excellent, and it covers almost precisely the topics and philosophers that I cover in my course."--Kevin Klement, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"This is the best anthology for providing an upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level introduction to the field. It contains the absolutely essential readings."--Eric Funkhouser, University of Arkansas

Table of Contents

    *=New to this Edition
    Each section ends with Suggested Further Reading.
    Note to the Sixth Edition
    I. NAMES
    1. Of Names (1881), John Stuart Mill
    2. On Sense and Reference (1892), Gottlob Frege
    * 3. Proper Names (1958), John R. Searle
    4. From Naming and Necessity (1972), Saul Kripke
    5. Meaning and Reference (1973), Hilary Putnam
    6. The Causal Theory of Names (1973), Gareth Evans
    * 7. From Frege's Puzzle (1986), Nathan Salmon
    8. On Denoting (1905), Bertrand Russell
    9. Descriptions (1919), Bertrand Russell
    10. On Referring (1950), P. F. Strawson
    11. Mr. Strawson on Referring (1957), Bertrand Russell
    12. Reference and Definite Descriptions (1966), Keith Donnellan
    * 13. Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference (1977), Saul Kripke
    14. Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes (1956), W. V. Quine
    15. Quantifying In (1968), David Kaplan
    16. On Saying That (1968), Donald Davidson
    * 17. Synonymity (1952), Benson Mates
    18. A Puzzle about Belief (1979), Saul Kripke
    * 19. The Import of the Puzzle about Belief (1996), David Sosa
    * 20. Belief Ascription (1992), Stephen Schiffer
    21. Meaning (1957), H. P. Grice
    22. Performative Utterances (1961), J. L. Austin
    23. The Structure of Illocutionary Acts (1969), John R. Searle
    24. Logic and Conversation (1975), H. P. Grice
    * 25. Conversational Impliciture (1994), Kent Bach
    26. A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs (1985), Donald Davidson
    V. TRUTH
    27. The Thought: A Logical Inquiry (1918), Gottlob Frege
    28. The Semantic Conception of Truth and the Foundations of Semantics (1944), Alfred Tarski
    * 29. Tarski's Theory of Truth (1972), Hartry Field
    30. Truth and Meaning (1967), Donald Davidson
    * 31. What Is a Theory of Meaning? (1975), M. A. E. Dummett
    32. Two Dogmas of Empiricism (1951), W. V. Quine
    * 33. In Defense of a Dogma (1956), H.P. Grice and P.F. Strawson
    * 34. "Two Dogmas" Revisited (1976), Hilary Putnam
    35. Assertion (1978), Robert Stalnaker
    36. Demonstratives: An Essay on the Semantics, Logic, Metaphysics, and Epistemology of Demonstratives and Other Indexicals (1977), David Kaplan
    37. The Problem of the Essential Indexical (1979), John Perry
    38. From On Rules and Private Language (1982), Saul Kripke
    * 39. The Rule-Following Considerations (1989), Paul A. Boghossian
    * 40. From Blindspots (1988), Roy Sorenson
    * 41. Vagueness without Paradox (1994), Diana Raffman
    * 42. Shifting Sands: An Interest-Relative Theory of Vagueness (2000), Delia Graff Fara
    43. Of Words (1699), John Locke
    * 44. From Philosophical Investigations (1953), Ludwig Wittgenstein
    * 45. Empiricist Criteria of Cognitive Significance: Problems and Changes (1950), Carl G. Hempel
    46. Languages and Language (1975), David Lewis
    * 47. Toward a Causal Theory of Linguistic Representation (1977), Dennis W. Stampe
    48. Language and Problems of Knowledge (1988), Noam Chomsky

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