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Most popular Philosophy of language books

The most popular Philosophy of language books currently available. Updated weekly.
Language, Proof and Logic
A textbook/software package that covers first-order language in a method appropriate for a wide range of courses, from first logic courses for undergraduates (philosophy, mathematics, and computer science) to a first graduate logic course. It also includes applications for mobile devices, exercises, and a dedicated website.
Animal Languages: The secret conversations of the living world
A fascinating and philosophical exploration of animal intelligence and the way animals communicate with each other, and us.
Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
Foucault: A Very Short Introduction
This VSI highlights Foucault's life and thought, showing his impact on today's society. Beginning with a brief biography to set the social and political stage, Gary Gutting then tackles Foucault's thoughts on literature, in particular the avant-garde scene; his philosophical and historical work; and his treatment of knowledge and power in modern society, including his thoughts on sexuality.
Derrida: A Very Short Introduction
Simon Glendinning explores Jacque Derrida's work, from his engagement with the history of metaphysics to his views on law and justice and ethics and politics. Confronting and refuting claims that Derrida was an irresponsible 'postmodernist' or 'nihilist' he instead reveals Derrida's significant contributions to philosophy.
Linguistic Construction of Reality
How Language Works
Features a survey of everything from how sounds become speech to how names work. This work also talks about eyebrow flashes, whistling languages, how parents teach their children to speak, how politeness travels across languages and how the way we talk show not just how old we are but where we're from and even who we want to be.
Philosophy Through The Looking-Glass: Language, Nonsense, Desire
Traditional and Analytical Philosophy: Lectures on the Philosophy of Language
P. A. Gorner's English translation of Ernst Tugendhat's major philosophical work brought new perspectives to some of the central and abiding questions of metaphysics and the philosophy of language. Presented in a fresh twenty-first-century series livery, including a specially commissioned new preface, it has been revived for a new generation of readers.
Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric
Language, Mind and Value: Philosophical Essays
Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening
Introducing Language Typology
Language typology identifies similarities and differences between languages of the world. This textbook provides an introduction to the subject which assumes minimal prior knowledge of linguistics. It offers the broadest coverage of any introductory book, with sections on historical change, language acquisition and language processing.
Of Grammatology
One of contemporary criticism's most indispensable works, Of Grammatology is made even more accessible and usable by this new release.
Origins of Self: An Anthropological Perspective
Articulating Reasons: An Introduction to Inferentialism
Brandom is one of the most original philosophers of our day, whose book Making It Explicit covered and extended a vast range of topics in metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language-the core of analytic philosophy. This new work provides an approachable introduction to the complex system that Making It Explicit mapped out.
Art Speak
John McDowell
Linguistic Bodies: The Continuity between Life and Language
A novel theoretical framework for an embodied, non-representational approach to language that extends and deepens enactive theory, bridging the gap between sensorimotor skills and language.
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Making It Explicit: Reasoning, Representing, and Discursive Commitment
Where accounts of the relation between language and mind often rest on the concept of representation, Brandom sets out an approach based on inference, and on a conception of certain kinds of implicit assessment that become explicit in language. It is the first attempt to work out a detailed theory rendering linguistic meaning in terms of use.
Essential Chomsky
For the past forty years Noam Chomsky's writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual and as one of the most original and wide-ranging political and social critics of our time.
Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages
First ever critical study of Tolkien's little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin's Game of Thrones.
Modality and Explanatory Reasoning
Boris Kment takes a new approach to the study of modality that emphasises the origin of modal notions in everyday thought. He argues that the concepts of necessity and possibility originate in counterfactual reasoning, which allows us to investigate explanatory connections. Contrary to accepted views, explanation is more fundamental than modality.
Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English
Rethinking Whitehead s Symbolism: Thought, Language, Culture
11 essays by leading Whitehead scholars re-examinae Whitehead s Barbour-Page lectures, published as the book Symbolism: Its Meaning and Effect in 1927, to give you exciting insights into the contemporary implications of Whitehead's symbolism in an era of new scientific, cultural and technological developments.
Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page
Seeming and Being in Plato's Rhetorical Theory
An analysis of Plato and the relationship he posits among language, truth, and the world.
Battle in the Mind Fields
Meaning of More
This book examines the semantics of comparative constructions using words such as more, as, too, and so on, and proposes a new account that rejects a fundamental assumption of the degree semantics framework. The findings have implications not only for semantics but also for language acquisition and cognitive science more broadly.
Logic, Language and Meaning
Powers and Prospects: Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order
An eclectic collection of Chomsky's writings on subjects ranging from East Timor and the Middle East to linguistics and social policy
Medieval Philosophy: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 4
Adamsom offers a lively and accessible tour through 600 years of intellectual history, offering a feast of new ideas in every area of philosophy. He introduces us to some of the greatest thinkers of the Western tradition including Abelard, Anselm, Aquinas, Hildegard of Bingen, and Julian of Norwich.
Securitisation of Islam: Covert Racism and Affect in the United States Post-9/11
This book is a timely analysis of the securitisation of Islam in the US and an original contribution to securitisation theory by introducing the notion of 'indirect securitising speech acts' and the role of emotions and affect in securitisation studies. It is an innovative approach to Islamophobia, everyday racism and security. -- .
Organism and Environment: Inheritance and Subjectivity in the Life Sciences
In this book, Russell Winslow examines contemporary discourses in microbiology and evolutionary inheritance theory to center the metaphysical prejudices that unreflectively subtend these discourses, highlight and illuminate an emergent prejudice of an ecological ontology in microbiology, and determine what interpretive possibilities it affords.
Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language
Original title: Semiotica e filosofia del linguaggio.
Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
Covers the major aspects of linguistics. This guide begins at the 'arts' end of the subject and finishes at the 'science' end, with the discoveries regarding language in the brain. It looks at the prehistory of languages and their common origins, language and evolution, language in time and space, grammar and dictionaries and phonetics.
On Language: Chomsky's Classic Works Language and Responsibility and
On Doubt
Science of Meaning: Essays on the Metatheory of Natural Language Semantics
With language we command, assert, query, emote, insult, and inspire. Language has meaning, and semantics is the science of linguistic meaning. But what exactly is <"meaning>"? What is the exact target of semantic theory? This volume explores these questions, in the light of the current state of the art in natural language semantics.
Enumerations: Data and Literary Study
Piper shows how we can use data in digital humanities to learn more about the texts under consideration, making use of the surprising information that calculation and quantity can offer about words, how they're used, and what the texts in which they're found mean.
Cambridge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics
Aimed at researchers and advanced students working in systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and other functional and cognitive areas of linguistics, this field-defining handbook provides an important state-of-the-art survey of key issues in the study of SFL, covering an impressive range of theory and application.
Marxism and the Philosophy of Language
Volosinov's important work, first published in Russian in 1929, had to wait a generation for recognition. This first paperback edition of the English translation will be capital for literary theorists, philosophers, linguists, psychologists, and many others.
Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction
A. C. Grayling's accessible introduction to Wittgenstein's work describes both his early and later philosophy, the differences and connections between them, and gives a fresh assessment of Wittgenstein's continuing influence on contemporary thought.
Rhetoric of Motives
Expands the field to human ways of persuasion and identification.
Theories of the Sign in Classical Antiquity
Talks about the origin of semiotics and sign theory. This book reconsiders the semiotic practices and the theoretical considerations of the sign which were developed in the ancient world and have come down to us through literary, philosophical, medical, historical, and rhetorical traditions.
Cambridge Companion to Frege
Frege is generally seen (along with Russell and Wittgenstein) as one of the fathers of the analytic method, which dominated philosophy in English-speaking countries for most of the twentieth century. This volume offers a comprehensive and accessible exploration of the scope and importance of his work.
Between Authority and Interpretation: On the Theory of Law and Practical Reason
In this book Joseph Raz develops his work on some central questions in practical philosophy: legal, political and moral. The book provides a valuable overview of Raz's views on the methodology of jurisprudence; on the nature of law and its relation to morality; on the justification of authority; and on interpretation in law and the humanities.
Killing in War
Jeff McMahan urges us to reject the view, dominant throughout history, that mere participation in an unjust war is not wrong. He argues powerfully that combatants who fight for an unjust cause are acting wrongly and are themselves morally responsible for their actions. We must rethink our attitudes to the moral role of the individual in war.
Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization
The renowned philosopher John Searle investigates the nature of social reality. How do institutions such as money, marriage, and government arise from the mere power of words? And how do mind, language, reason, and freedom come into being from the mindless, meaningless particles that make up the physical universe?