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Scott Soames

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780691138664

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691138664.001.0001

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Philosophy of Language

Scott Soames

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book focuses on two main facets of the philosophy of language: its contribution to the development of a theoretical framework for studying language; and the investigation of foundational concepts—truth, reference, meaning, possibility, propositions, assertion, and implicature—that are needed for this investigation, and important for philosophy as a whole. Part 1 traces major milestones in the development of the theoretical framework for studying the semantic structure of language. Part 2 explores new ways of thinking about what meaning is, and how it is distinguished from aspects of language use.

Keywords:   language, philosophy, truth, reference, meaning, possibility, propositions, assertion, implicature

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