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Word and World
Practice and the Foundations of Language

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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521822879

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  • Proposing a new account of the nature of language, founded upon an original interpretation of Wittgenstein, Patricia Hanna and Bernard Harrison deny the existence of a direct referential relationship between words and things. Their provocative re-examination of the interrelations of language and social practice will interest not only philosophers of language but also linguists, psycholinguists, and students of communication.

    • Radical re-interpretation of nature of language that takes an unfashionable new view of the subject
    • Book draws on work of Wittgenstein whose work remains widely influential in general, though not in philosophy of language itself
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521822879
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.714kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Scepticism and Language:
    1. The prison-house of language
    2. Referential realism
    3. Out of the prison-house
    Part II. Names and Their Bearers:
    4. Russell's principle and Wittgenstein's slogan
    5. The name-tracking network
    6. Rigidity
    7. Description and causes
    8. Knowledge of rules
    Part III. Propositions:
    9. Meaning and truth
    10. Truth and use
    11. Unnatural kinds
    12. Necessity and 'grammar'
    Part IV. Paradoxes of Interpretation:
    13. Indeterminacy of translation
    14. Linguistic competence
    15. Paradox and substitutivity

  • Authors

    Patricia Hanna, University of Utah

    Bernard Harrison, University of Utah

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