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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.
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.
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.
Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
Linguistic Construction of Reality
Of Grammatology
One of contemporary criticism's most indispensable works, Of Grammatology is made even more accessible and usable by this new release.
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.
Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening
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Language, Mind and Value: Philosophical Essays
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.
Words And Rules
One of the world's science superstars presents a brilliantly illuminating, entertaining and cutting-edge account of how language actually works.
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.
John McDowell
Origins of Self: An Anthropological Perspective
Rule of Metaphor: The Creation of Meaning in Language
Recognizing the fundamental power of language in constructing the world we perceive, Ricoeur reveals the processes by which linguistic imagination creates and recreates meaning through metaphor.
Battle in the Mind Fields
Logic, Language and Meaning
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.
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.
Seeming and Being in Plato's Rhetorical Theory
An analysis of Plato and the relationship he posits among language, truth, and the world.
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.
Naming and Necessity
'Naming and Necessity' has had a great and increasing influence. It redirected philosophical attention to neglected questions of natural and metaphysical necessity and to the connections between these and theories of naming, and of identity.
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?
Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained
Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English
Write to the Point: How to be Clear, Correct and Persuasive on the Page
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.
Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida
A wonderfully helpful and stimulating book... Highly recommended.-ChoiceOne of the most comprehensive and valuable interpretations of deconstruction to date. Highly recommended.-Library Journal
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.
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.
On Doubt
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.
Art Speak
Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance: Language, Philosophy, and the Search for Meaning
This book serves as a key resource for students and scholars seeking an introduction to Italian Renaissance intellectual life. Focusing on philosophy and literature, and Latin and Italian sources, it brings together recent scholarship, makes an original contribution to the field, and works beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.
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.
Philosophy of Language: A Contemporary Introduction
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.
Logic of Information: A Theory of Philosophy as Conceptual Design
Luciano Floridi presents an innovative approach to philosophy, conceived as conceptual design. His starting-point is that reality provides the data which we transform into information. He explores how we make, transform, refine, and improve the objects of our knowledge, and defends the radical idea that knowledge is design.
More Than Cool Reason: Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor
Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar & Rhetoric
Rhetoric of Motives
Expands the field to human ways of persuasion and identification.
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.
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.
An eclectic history of human curiosity, a great feast of ideas, and a memoir of a reading life from an internationally celebrated reader and thinker
Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray
In this previously unpublished series of interviews, Chomsky discusses his iconoclastic and important ideas concerning language, human nature and politics. In dialogue with James McGilvray, he takes up a wide variety of topics - the nature of language, the philosophies of language and mind and the evolution of language.