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Cutting Philosophy of Language Down to Size


When asked to contribute to this lecture series, my first thought was to talk about philosophy of biology, a new and increasingly influential field in philosophy, surely destined to have great impact in the coming years. But when a preliminary schedule for the series was circulated, I noticed that no one was speaking on language. Given the hegemony of philosophy of language at mid-century, after ‘the linguistic turn’, this seemed to require comment. How did philosophy of language achieve such status at mid-century, and why is it losing it now? Has the Anglo-American tradition really begun to put the philosophy of language in better perspective? I hope so. Indeed, I will end with suggestions for how to keep it more securely in its proper place.

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N. Block , ‘Advertisement for a Semantics for Psychology’, Midwest Studies in Philosophy 10 (1986), 615–78.

T. Burge , ‘Individualism and the Mental’, Studies in Metaphysics, Midwest Studies in Philosophy IV 4 (1979), 73121.

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