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Contemporary Philosophy of Thought: Truth, World, Content

Contemporary Philosophy of Thought: Truth, World, Content

Michael Luntley

ISBN: 978-0-631-19077-6 January 1999 Wiley-Blackwell 410 Pages


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This lucid and engaging volume provides an introduction to the essential issues and concepts of contemporary analytic philosophy.

1. Methodologies.

2. Russell's Theory of Descriptions.

3. The Semantic Theory of Truth.

4. Truth and Meaning.

5. Interpretation, Minimal Truth and the World.

6. Meaning, Metaphysics and Logic.

7. The Possibility of a Naturalistic Theory of Meaning.

8. What is a Theory of Reference?.

9. Sense and Reference.

10. The Causal Theory of Reference and the Social Character of Meaning.

11. Content and Context.

12. Contextual Content.




"Luntley writes clearly...and defends his philosophical claims with arguments. The breadth and depth of his scholarship are impressive. This book should be in the library of any school where philosophy is studied." H. Pospesel, Choice

"...lucid and engaging style...ability to cover well-trodden ground in a fresh and informative way...Luntley is to be commended for the scope of his project. He pursues the neo-Fregean methodology wherever it leads and many of the topics it leads him to are dealt with extremely well. Luntley is able to condense often difficult and complex material, making it accessible even to fairly novice readers, and providing new insights and outlooks which will be of benefit to all those with an interest in the...philosphy of mind and language." Emma Borg, Mind, Vol. 109, No. 436, October 2000

* Vigorously argues and defends a definite point of view while at the same time exploring the pivotal theories and arguments within the field of philosophy of thought and language.

* Gives voice to the idea that philosophy of thought and language is more than a specialism but rather lies at the very heart of the discipline.

* Provides fascinating reading with many opportunities for discussion and debate.

* Coverage includes such key topics as truth, meaning, and inference, arguments against the possibility of meaning, the realism-antirealism debate, naturalism about meaning, and the theory of content.