Linguistic Content: New Essays on the History of Philosophy of Language

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Philosophy of language has a rich and varied history stretching back to the Ancient Greeks. Twelve specially written essays explore this richness, from Plato and Aristotle, through the Stoics, to medieval thinkers, both Islamic and Christian; from the Renaissance and the early modern period, all the way up to the twentieth Century. Among the many topics that arise across this 2500-year trajectory are metaphysical questions about linguistic content. A first focal point of the volume is the issue of which broad ontological family linguistic contents belong to. Are linguistic contents mental ideas, physical particulars, abstract Forms, social practices, or something else again? And do different sorts of linguistic contents belong to different ontological categories-e.g., might it be that names stand for ideas, whereas logical terms stand for mental processes? The second focal point is the metaphysical grounding of linguistic content: that is, in virtue of what more basic facts do content facts obtain? Do words mean what they do because of natural resemblances? Because of causal relations? Because of arbitrary conventional usage? Or because of some combination of the above?

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Margaret Cameron, University of Victoria,Robert J. Stainton, University of Western Ontario

Margaret Cameron completed her PhD in the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the University of Toronto in 2005. She is currently Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Aristotelian Tradition at the University of Victoria.
Robert Stainton first studied Philosophy and Linguistics as an undergraduate in his home town of Toronto, at Glendon College, part of York University. He completed the Ph.D. at MIT in 1993, and took up his first academic job at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he was Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science. Presently he is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario in London.

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"I recommend this volume and hope that it will spur further research into what has been, until very recently, the invisible history of the philosophy language." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online


"I was looking forward to, and was (happily) rewarded by, this volume. Linguistic Content: New Essays on the History of Philosophy of Language is an anthology of twelve essays on particular Western historical figures or schools, preceded by a substantive introductory essay by the editors. The essays cover much of the Western tradition, beginning with Plato and ending with Franz Brentano's student Anton Marty, and include one essay on Medieval Islamic philosophy. They are suited for those with a background in philosophy of language, though not necessarily in the particular historical figure or school discussed." -- Philosophy in Review


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