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Professor of Philosophy Kenneth A Taylor

Professor of Philosophy Kenneth A Taylor Referring to the World : An Opinionated Introduction to the Theory of Reference (Hardcover)

Professor of Philosophy Kenneth A Taylor Referring to the World : An Opinionated Introduction to the Theory of Reference (Hardcover)

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"Our words and ideas refer to objects and properties in the external world; this phenomenon is central to thought, language, communication, and science. But great works of fiction are full of names that don't seem to refer to anything! In this book Kenneth A. Taylor explores the myriad of problems that surround the phenomenon of reference. How can words in language and perturbations in our brains come to stand for external objects? Reference is essential to truth, but which is more basic: reference or truth? How can fictional characters play such an important role in imagination and literature, and how does this use of language connect with more mundane uses? Taylor develops a framework for understanding reference, and the theories that other thinkers-past and present-have developed about it. But Taylor doesn't simply tell us what others thought; the book is full of new ideas and analyses, making for a vital final contribution from a seminal philosopher"-- Our words and ideas refer to objects and properties in the external world; this phenomenon is central to thought, language, communication, and science. But great works of fiction are full of names that don't seem to refer to anything! In this book Kenneth A. Taylor explores the myriad of
problems that surround the phenomenon of reference. How can words in language and perturbations in our brains come to stand for external objects? Reference is essential to truth, but which is more basic: reference or truth? How can fictional characters play such an important role in imagination and
literature, and how does this use of language connect with more mundane uses?

Taylor develops a framework for understanding reference, and the theories that other thinkers-past and present-have developed about it. But Taylor doesn't simply tell us what others thought; the book is full of new ideas and analyses, making for a vital final contribution from a seminal philosopher.
Referring to the World: An Opinionated Introduction to the Theory of Reference (Hardcover)

Specifications

Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press, USA

Book Format

Hardcover

Number of Pages

312

Author

Kenneth A Taylor

Title

Referring to the World

ISBN-13

9780195144741

Publication Date

June, 2021

Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)

8.80 x 5.90 x 1.10 Inches

ISBN-10

0195144740

SKU: WA991810111

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