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Thought and language /
edited by John Preston.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
description
vi, 249 p. : ill.
ISBN
0521587417 (pbk.)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
isbn
0521587417 (pbk.)
general note
Papers presented to the annual conference of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, University of Reading, Sept. 1996.
catalogue key
1615319
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
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This collection of papers on the relationship between thought and language includes contributions by several of today's best-known philosophers of mind and language. Subjects covered include: whether language is conceptually prior to thoughts and whether there is a fully-fledged 'language' of thought.
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This collection of papers on the relationship between thought and language includes contributions by several of today's best-known philosophers of mind and language. Subjects covered include: whether language is conceptually prior to thoughts; whether thoughts must take place 'in' a medium; whether there is a fully-fledged 'language' of thought; to what extent creatures without language can be credited with thoughts; and the bearing of recent psychological experiments on these issues.
Main Description
The relationship between thought and language has been of central importance to philosophy ever since Plato characterised thinking as 'a dialogue the soul has with itself'. In this volume, several major twentieth-century philosophers of mind and language make further contributions to the debate. Among the questions addressed are: is language conceptually prior to thought, or vice versa? Must thought take place 'in' a medium? To what extent can creatures without language be credited with thoughts? Do we have to suppose that thinking involves the use of concepts? What does it mean to have and deploy a concept? How do recent psychological experiments bear on these issues? Are beliefs, desires, hopes and fears rightly construed as 'attitudes towards propositions'? Should twentieth-century philosophy be conceived of in terms of Michael Dummett's distinction between 'analytical philosophy' and the 'philosophy of thought'?
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction: One tradition in the philosophical study of thought and language
Seeing through language
'The only sure sign...': thought and language in Descartes
Words and pictures
Social externalism and conceptual diversity
The explanation of cognition
Thought without language: thought without awareness
Philosophy, thought and language
The flowering of thought in language
Talking to cats, rats and bats
Analyticity, linguistic rules and epistemic evaluation
How to do other things with words
Bibliography
Index
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