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Synthese Library

Handbook of Philosophical Logic

Volume IV: Topics in the Philosophy of Language

Editors: Gabbay, Dov M., Guenthner, Franz (Eds.)

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conceptual, realist) theories of predication. Chapter IV.4 centers on an important class of expressions used for predication in connection with quantities: mass expressions. This chapter reviews the most well-known approaches to mass terms and the ontological proposals related to them. In addition to quantification and predication, matters of reference have constituted the other overriding theme for semantic theories in both philosophical logic and the semantics of natural languages. Chapter IV.5 of how the semantics of proper names and descrip­ presents an overview tions have been dealt with in recent theories of reference. Chapter IV.6 is concerned with the context-dependence of reference, in particular, with the semantics of indexical expressions. The topic of Chapter IV.7 is related to predication as it surveys some of the central problems of ascribing propositional attitudes to agents. Chap­ ter IV.8 deals with the analysis of the main temporal aspects of natural language utterances. Together these two chapters give a good indication of the intricate complexities that arise once modalities of one or the other sort enter on the semantic stage. in philosophical Chapter IV.9 deals with another well-known topic logic: presupposition, an issue on the borderline of semantics and prag­ matics. The volume closes with an extensive study of the Liar paradox and its many implications for the study of language (as for example, self­ reference, truth concepts and truth definitions).

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`This volume is a very important one as it covers many interesting topics ... and must be considered central to the field of semantics. ... The different chapters each elucidate their respective topic and with the historical overviews the reader gets the entire development in each subarea up to 1985.'
Studia Linguistica, 44 (2) 1990

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Quantifiers in Formal and Natural Languages

    Westerståhl, Dag

    Pages 1-131

  • Property Theories

    Bealer, George (et al.)

    Pages 133-251

  • Philosophical Perspectives on Formal Theories of Predication

    Cocchiarella, Nino B.

    Pages 253-326

  • Mass Expressions

    Pelletier, Francis Jeffry (et al.)

    Pages 327-407

  • Reference and Information Content: Names and Descriptions

    Salmon, Nathan

    Pages 409-461

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of Philosophical Logic
Book Subtitle
Volume IV: Topics in the Philosophy of Language
Editors
  • Dov M. Gabbay
  • Franz Guenthner
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
167
Copyright
1989
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-1171-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-1171-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7021-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
733
Topics