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Controversies in the Contemporary World

Controversies in the Contemporary World

Inspired by Marcelo Dascal’s theory of controversies, this volume includes studies in the theory of controversies, studi......more

Last Lectures: College De France, 1968 and 1969

Last Lectures: College De France, 1968 and 1969

The last word on language, writing and semiotics by the doyen of French linguistics Emile Benveniste...more

Language Pangs: On Pain and the Origin of Language

Language Pangs: On Pain and the Origin of Language

We usually think about language and pain as opposites, the one being about expression and connection, the other destruct......more

Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy

Wittgenstein’s Antiphilosophy

Alain Badiou takes on the standard bearer of the “linguistic turn” in modern philosophy and anatomizes the “antiphilosop......more

Open Compositionality: Toward a New Methodology of Language

Open Compositionality: Toward a New Methodology of Language

Open Compositionality: Towards a Methodology of Language offers a fresh view into human languages as supermodular, highl......more

Contra Instrumentalism: A Translation Polemic

Contra Instrumentalism: A Translation Polemic

Contra Instrumentalismquestions the long-accepted notion that translation reproduces or transfers an invariant contained......more

Last Lectures: College De France, 1968 and 1969

Last Lectures: College De France, 1968 and 1969

The last word on language, writing and semiotics by the doyen of French linguistics Emile Benveniste...more

Machado De Assis and Narrative Theory: Language, Imitation, Art, and Verisimilitude in the Last Six Novels

Machado De Assis and Narrative Theory: Language, Imitation, Art, and Verisimilitude in the Last Six Novels

This book makes the argument that Machado de Assis, hailed as one of Latin American literature’s greatest writers, was a......more

Murasaki Shikibu’s the Tale of Genji: Philosophical Perspectives

Murasaki Shikibu’s the Tale of Genji: Philosophical Perspectives

Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji is variously read as a work of feminist protest, the world’s first psychological no......more

Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language

Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language

This book offers the first full account of Continental contributions to the philosophy of language. It includes coverage......more

Philosophical Insights into Pragmatics

Philosophical Insights into Pragmatics

The series provides a forum for innovative, high-quality work in all fields of analytical philosophy. The volumes in thi......more

Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language

Words Underway: Continental Philosophy of Language

This book offers the first full account of Continental contributions to the philosophy of language. It includes coverage......more

Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Mukula’s “Fundamentals of the Communicative Function”

Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Mukula’s “Fundamentals of the Communicative Function”

This introduction brings to life the main themes in Indian philosophy of language by using an accessible translation of ......more

Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Mukula’s “fundamentals of the Communicative Function”

Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Mukula’s “fundamentals of the Communicative Function”

This introduction brings to life the main themes in Indian philosophy of language by using an accessible translation of ......more

Bad Language

Bad Language

Bad Language is the first textbook on an emerging area in the study of language: non-idealized language use, the linguis......more

Bad Language

Bad Language

When theorizing about language, we tend to assume that speakers are cooperative, honest, helpful, and so on. This, of co......more

Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm

Just Words: On Speech and Hidden Harm

We all know that speech can be harmful. But what are the harms and how exactly does the speech in question brings those ......more

Chinese Proverbs: The Wisdom of Cheng-Yu

Chinese Proverbs: The Wisdom of Cheng-Yu

A gorgeously illustrated and designed exploration of Eastern spirituality and culture through more than 80 proverbs draw......more

Political Correctness: Dyson and Goldberg Vs. Fry and Petrson

Political Correctness: Dyson and Goldberg Vs. Fry and Petrson

“You’re telling me I’m being sensitive, and students looking for safe spaces that they’re being hypersensitive. If you’r......more

Crises of the Sentence

Crises of the Sentence

There are few forms in which so much authority has been invested with so little reflection as the sentence. Though a fun......more

Crises of the Sentence

Crises of the Sentence

There are few forms in which so much authority has been invested with so little reflection as the sentence. Though a fun......more

Interperspectival Content

Interperspectival Content

Too often today it seems we find ourselves communicating from radically different perspectives on the world and we often......more

Basic Principles of Chinese Philosophy

Basic Principles of Chinese Philosophy

"Among world’s three major philosophic traditions, Chinese philosophy excels in ethical discourse. As a collective wisdo......more

The Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening

The Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening

The Hum of the World is an invitation to contemplate what would happen if we heard the world as attentively as we see it......more

The Fall of Language: Benjamin and Wittgenstein on Meaning

The Fall of Language: Benjamin and Wittgenstein on Meaning

This book explores the nature of meaning, primarily through readings of the work of Walter Benjamin and Ludwig Wittgenst......more

Shallow Equality and Symbolic Jurisprudence in Multilingual Legal Orders

Shallow Equality and Symbolic Jurisprudence in Multilingual Legal Orders

What challenges face jurisdictions that attempt to conduct law in two or more languages? How does choosing a legal langu......more

The Geography of Context

The Geography of Context

We cannot use language without having context in place. But context is not a single thing. Instead, typically, each use ......more

A Logical Introduction to Probability and Induction

A Logical Introduction to Probability and Induction

A Logical Introduction to Probability and Induction is a textbook on the mathematics of the probability calculus and its......more

Lying: Language, Knowledge, Ethics, and Politics

Lying: Language, Knowledge, Ethics, and Politics

Philosophers have been thinking about lying for several thousand years, yet this topic has only recently become a centra......more

Kenneth Burke’s Permanence and Change: A Critical Companion

Kenneth Burke’s Permanence and Change: A Critical Companion

Since its publication in 1935, Kenneth Burke’s Permanence and Change, a text that can serve as an introduction to all hi......more

A Logical Introduction to Probability and Induction

A Logical Introduction to Probability and Induction

A Logical Introduction to Probability and Induction is a textbook on the mathematics of the probability calculus and its......more

Inner Speech: New Voices

Inner Speech: New Voices

Inner speech lies at the chaotic intersection of several difficult questions in contemporary philosophy and psychology. ......more

Being Necessary: Themes of Ontology and Modality from the Work of Bob Hale

Being Necessary: Themes of Ontology and Modality from the Work of Bob Hale

What is the relationship between ontology and modality - between what there is, and what there could be, must be, or mig......more

Wittgenstein’s Family Letters: Corresponding With Ludwig

Wittgenstein’s Family Letters: Corresponding With Ludwig

With a quality all their own, Wittgenstein’s Family Letters reveal a side of Ludwig Wittgenstein few would have known. T......more

Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought

Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought

Philosophy’s relation to the act of writing is John T. Lysaker’s main concern in Philosophy, Writing, and the Character ......more

John Mcdowell

John Mcdowell

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Form, Matter, Substance

Form, Matter, Substance

In Form, Matter, Substance, Kathrin Koslicki develops a contemporary defense of the Aristotelian doctrine of hylomorphis......more

The Selected Writings of Maurice O’Connor Drury: On Wittgenstein, Philosophy, Religion and Psychiatry

The Selected Writings of Maurice O’Connor Drury: On Wittgenstein, Philosophy, Religion and Psychiatry

Maurice O’Connor Drury was among Wittgenstein’s first students after his return to Cambridge in 1929. The subsequent cou......more

Beyond Semantics and Pragmatics

Beyond Semantics and Pragmatics

The study of meaning in language embraces a diverse range of problems and methods. Philosophers think through the relati......more

The Bloomsbury Companion to Bertrand Russell

The Bloomsbury Companion to Bertrand Russell

A founder of modern analytic philosophy and one of the most important logicians of the twentieth century, Bertrand Russe......more

Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters With the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters With the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language by the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers......more

Non-Propositional Intentionality

Non-Propositional Intentionality

Our mental lives are entwined with the world. There are worldly things that we have beliefs about and things in the worl......more

Bad Words: Philosophical Perspectives on Slurs

Bad Words: Philosophical Perspectives on Slurs

What makes a word bad? Bad Words is a philosophical examination of slurs and other derogatory and problematic language, ......more

What Kind of Creatures Are We?

What Kind of Creatures Are We?

Noam Chomsky is widely known and deeply admired for being the founder of modern linguistics, one of the founders of the ......more

Context, Truth and Objectivity: Essays on Radical Contextualism

Context, Truth and Objectivity: Essays on Radical Contextualism

The claim according to which there is a categorial gap between meaning and saying – between what sentences mean and what......more

Enumerations: Data and Literary Study

Enumerations: Data and Literary Study

For well over a century, academic disciplines have studied human behavior using quantitative information. Until recently......more

Enumerations: Data and Literary Study

Enumerations: Data and Literary Study

For well over a century, academic disciplines have studied human behavior using quantitative information. Until recently......more

Lao-tzu, or the Way of the Dragon

Lao-tzu, or the Way of the Dragon

At its most basic, philosophy is about learning how to think about the world around us. It should come as no surprise, t......more

Language in the Buddhist Tantra of Japan: Indic Roots of Mantra

Language in the Buddhist Tantra of Japan: Indic Roots of Mantra

Language in the Buddhist Tantra of Japan dismantles the preconception that Buddhism is a religion of mystical silence, a......more

Narrow Content

Narrow Content

It is natural to distinguish, for any thinking creature, those events and states that are internal to the creature -- it......more

Situations and Syntactic Structures: Rethinking Auxiliaries and Order in English

Situations and Syntactic Structures: Rethinking Auxiliaries and Order in English

A new theory of the syntax-semantics interface that relies on hierarchical orderings in language, with the English auxil......more

Situations and Syntactic Structures: Rethinking Auxiliaries and Order in English

Situations and Syntactic Structures: Rethinking Auxiliaries and Order in English

A new theory of the syntax-semantics interface that relies on hierarchical orderings in language, with the English auxil......more

What Truth Is

What Truth Is

Mark Jago presents and defends a novel theory of what truth is, in terms of the metaphysical notion of truthmaking. This......more

Thinking About Things

Thinking About Things

In the blink of an eye, I can redirect my thought from London to Austin, from apples to unicorns, from former president ......more

From a Rational Point of View: How We Represent Subjective Perspectives in Practical Discourse

From a Rational Point of View: How We Represent Subjective Perspectives in Practical Discourse

When discussing normative reasons, oughts, requirements of rationality, motivating reasons, and so on, we often have to ......more

Seeming and Being in Plato’s Rhetorical Theory

Seeming and Being in Plato’s Rhetorical Theory

The widespread understanding of language in the West is that it represents the world. This view, however, has not always......more

Thinking and Language

Thinking and Language

Originally published in 1875, this book discusses thinking and language and traces the development of different pscyolog......more

The Linguistic Construction of Reality

The Linguistic Construction of Reality

This book, originally published in 1987, considers how the science of linguistics creates its own objects of study. It a......more

Thought and Language

Thought and Language

Originally published in 1990, this book centres on a certain way of surveying a variety of theories of language, and on ......more

Clarity Is Not Enough: Essays in Criticism of Linguistic Philosophy

Clarity Is Not Enough: Essays in Criticism of Linguistic Philosophy

This book, originally published in 1963 provides a sample of the criticisms of philosophers on the course of linguistic ......more

Reference, Truth and Reality: Essays on the Philosophy of Language

Reference, Truth and Reality: Essays on the Philosophy of Language

The papers in this collection discuss the central questions about the connections between language, reality and human un......more

Epistemology for the Rest of the World

Epistemology for the Rest of the World

Since the heyday of ordinary language philosophy, Anglophone epistemologists have devoted a great deal of attention to t......more

Vagueness and Thought

Vagueness and Thought

Vagueness is the study of concepts that admit borderline cases: the property of being bald is vague because there are pe......more

Peirce’s Twenty-Eight Classes of Signs and the Philosophy of Representation: Rhetoric, Interpretation and Hexadic Semiosis

Peirce’s Twenty-Eight Classes of Signs and the Philosophy of Representation: Rhetoric, Interpretation and Hexadic Semiosis

The major principles and systems of C. S. Peirce’s ground-breaking theory of signs and signification are now generally w......more

Conjoining Meanings: Semantics Without Truth Values

Conjoining Meanings: Semantics Without Truth Values

Humans naturally acquire languages that connect meanings with pronunciations. Paul M. Pietroski presents an account of t......more

An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

Over the past twenty-five years, Bruno Latour has developed a research protocol different from the actor-network theory ......more

Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture

Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture

Language is integral to the construction of personal, socio-cultural and socio-political identities. Language, Identity ......more

Formal Theories of Truth

Formal Theories of Truth

Truth is one of the oldest and most central topics in philosophy. Formal theories explore the connections between truth ......more

Formal Theories of Truth

Formal Theories of Truth

Truth is one of the oldest and most central topics in philosophy. Formal theories explore the connections between truth ......more

Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Fixing Language: An Essay on Conceptual Engineering

Herman Cappelen investigates ways in which language (and other representational devices) can be defective, and how they ......more

Visual Experience: A Semantic Approach

Visual Experience: A Semantic Approach

Wylie Breckenridge offers a fresh understanding of the character of visual experience by deploying the methods of semant......more

The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity

The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity

The capacity to speak is not only the ability to pronounce words, but the socially-recognized capacity to make one’s wor......more

The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity

The Exchange of Words: Speech, Testimony, and Intersubjectivity

The capacity to speak is not only the ability to pronounce words, but the socially-recognized capacity to make one’s wor......more

The Dash: The Other Side of Absolute Knowing

The Dash: The Other Side of Absolute Knowing

An argument that what is usually dismissed as the "mystical shell" of Hegel’s thought -- the concept of absolute knowled......more

Topoi/ Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

Topoi/ Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

In Topoi/Graphein Christian Abrahamsson maps the paradoxical limit of the in-between to revealthat to be human is to kno......more

Topoi/ Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

Topoi/ Graphein: Mapping the Middle in Spatial Thought

In Topoi/Graphein Christian Abrahamsson maps the paradoxical limit of the in-between to revealthat to be human is to kno......more

Probabilistic Knowledge

Probabilistic Knowledge

Traditional philosophical discussions of knowledge have focused on the epistemic status of full beliefs. Sarah Moss argu......more

Figural Philology: Panofsky and the Science of Things

Figural Philology: Panofsky and the Science of Things

Though inspired by a Panofskyan legacy, this book diverges at certain points from Erwin Panofsky’s declared objectives, ......more

Heidegger’s Path to Language

Heidegger’s Path to Language

This book analyzes and compares the different concepts that Heidegger developed about language over his career, reflects......more

The Appearance of Ignorance: Knowledge, Skepticism, and Context

The Appearance of Ignorance: Knowledge, Skepticism, and Context

Keith DeRose presents, develops, and defends original solutions to two of the stickiest problems in epistemology: skepti......more

Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar

Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar

A bold new theory of cyberwar argues that militarized hacking is best understood as a form of deconstruction From shadow......more

Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar

Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar

A bold new theory of cyberwar argues that militarized hacking is best understood as a form of deconstruction From shadow......more

Mind, Language and Morality: Essays in Honor of Mark Platts

Mind, Language and Morality: Essays in Honor of Mark Platts

Mark Platts is responsible for the first systematic presentation of truth-conditional semantics and for turning a genera......more

From Rules to Meanings: New Essays on Inferentialism

From Rules to Meanings: New Essays on Inferentialism

Inferentialism is a philosophical approach premised on the claim that an item of language (or thought) acquires meaning ......more

Living Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon

Living Words: Meaning Underdetermination and the Dynamic Lexicon

Peter Ludlow shows how word meanings are much more dynamic than we might have supposed, and explores how meanings are mo......more

The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling

The Messages We Send: Social Signals and Storytelling

G. R. F. Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other. He exp......more

Beyond Concepts: Unicepts, Language, and Natural Information

Beyond Concepts: Unicepts, Language, and Natural Information

Ruth Garrett Millikan presents a highly original account of cognition - of how we get to grips with the world in thought......more

Core Logic

Core Logic

Neil Tennant presents an original logical system with unusual philosophical, proof-theoretic, metalogical, computational......more

Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation, and Imagination

Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation, and Imagination

Only Imagine offers a theory of fictional content or, as it is sometimes known, ’fictional truth’. The theory of fiction......more

Choosing Normative Concepts

Choosing Normative Concepts

Theorists working on metaethics and the nature of normativity typically study goodness, rightness, what ought to be done......more

Rethinking Whitehead’s Symbolism: Thought, Language, Culture

Rethinking Whitehead’s Symbolism: Thought, Language, Culture

Explores the contemporary significance of Alfred North Whitehead’s 1927 book Symbolism: Its Meaning and Effect This coll......more

Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters With the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters With the Mysteries and Meanings of Language

From the author of Thinking in Numbers, an engaging, eclectic, mind-expanding exploration of language, and what it can t......more

Bertrand Russell and the Nature of Propositions: A History and Defence of the Multiple Relation Theory of Judgement

Bertrand Russell and the Nature of Propositions: A History and Defence of the Multiple Relation Theory of Judgement

Bertrand Russell and the Nature of Propositions offers the first book-length defence of the Multiple Relation Theory of ......more

And: Conjunction Reduction Redux

And: Conjunction Reduction Redux

In this book, Barry Schein argues that "and" is always the sentential logical connective with the same, one, meaning. "A......more

Using Words and Things: Language and Philosophy of Technology

Using Words and Things: Language and Philosophy of Technology

This book offers a systematic framework for thinking about the relationship between language and technology and an argum......more

The Concept of Mind
Semiotics: The Basics

Semiotics: The Basics

This third edition of the bestselling textbook has been fully revised, continuing to provide a concise introduction to t......more

The Evolution of Imagination

The Evolution of Imagination

Consider Miles Davis, horn held high, sculpting a powerful musical statement full of tonal patterns, inside jokes, and t......more

The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

A many-faceted exploration of spoken eloquence: how it works, how it has evolved, and how to tap its remarkable power We......more

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