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Most popular Philosophy of language books

The most popular Philosophy of language books currently available. Updated weekly.
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, 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.
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.
Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
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.
Of Grammatology
One of contemporary criticism's most indispensable works, Of Grammatology is made even more accessible and usable by this new release.
Linguistic Construction of Reality
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.
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.
Philosophy Through The Looking-Glass: Language, Nonsense, Desire
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.
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.
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.
Language, Mind and Value: Philosophical Essays
Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening
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.
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.
Good Citizen's Alphabet
`E: Erroneous: Capable of being proved true'; `J: Jolly: The downfall of our enemies'; `M: Mystery: What I understand and you don't' . . . Enter the delightful, satirical world of the Good Citizen, according to one of the best-known writers and philosophers of modern times.
Origins of Self: An Anthropological Perspective
Wittgenstein and the Limits of Language
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.
Art Speak
First Person in Cognition and Morality
Beatrice Longuenesse explores the two aspects of our conception of ourselves when we use the pronoun 'I': how the possibility of first-person thought is internally related to objective, shareable judgments, and how the tacit egoism of the first person is internally related to the impersonal or universal standpoint of morality.
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.
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
Language of Humor: An Introduction
This book explores how humor can be explained, in order to aid communication. Accessible to a wide readership of not only students and teachers of language and linguistics, but also those in related disciplines to which the understanding and use of humor is relevant, such as literature, psychology, anthropology, and the performing arts.
Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric
Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English
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.
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.
Logic, Language and Meaning
Words And Rules
One of the world's science superstars presents a brilliantly illuminating, entertaining and cutting-edge account of how language actually works.
Handbook of Semiotics
Covers the field of semiotics from Aesthetics to Zoosemiotics. This work contains sixty-five encyclopedic articles, a consolidated bibliography of almost 3,000 titles, an index of names, and an index of terms. It is intended for those who desire a comprehensive survey of this diverse field.
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.
On Insignificance: The Loss of Meaning in the Post-Material Age
Heidegger Becoming Phenomenological: Interpreting Husserl through Dilthey, 1916-1925
This book sets the record straight about the greater influence of Dilthey than Husserl in Heidegger's initial formulation of his conception of phenomenology.
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.
Neuroethics of Memory: From Total Recall to Oblivion
Using a framework informed by neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, this book addresses a range of metaphysical, ethical, and legal issues in modelling and modifying human memory. Its arguments and conclusions will interest clinical neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and legal theorists.
Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language
Original title: Semiotica e filosofia del linguaggio.
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.
Documentality: Why It Is Necessary to Leave Traces
Written in an easy, often witty, style Documentality revises Foucault's late concept of the "ontology of actuality" into the project of an "ontological laboratory," thereby reinventing philosophy as a pragmatic activity that is directly applicable to our everyday life.
Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries & Meanings of Language
From the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers, a delightful and eclectic exploration of language, and what it can teach us about ourselves and our lives.
On Doubt
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
What Kind of Creatures Are We?
Addressing the most fundamental themes defining our humanity: the uniquely human capacity for language, the nature and limits of the human mind, and the possibilities for the common good in human society and politics.