The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

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The problem of the unity of the proposition is almost as old as philosophy itself, and was one of the central themes of early analytical philosophy, greatly exercising the minds of Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, and Ramsey. The problem is how propositions or meanings can be simultaneously unities (single things) and complexes, made up of parts that are autonomous of the positions they happen to fill in any given proposition. The problem has been associated with numerous paradoxes and has motivated general theories of thought and meaning, but has eluded any consensual resolution; indeed, the problem is sometimes thought to be wholly erroneous, a result of atomistic assumptions we should reject. In short, the problem has been thought to be of merely historical interest. Collins argues that the problem is very real and poses a challenge to any theory of linguistic meaning. He seeks to resolve the problem by laying down some minimal desiderata on a solution and presenting a uniquely satisfying account. The first part of the book surveys and rejects extant 'solutions' and dismissals of the problem from (especially) Frege and Russell, and a host of more contemporary thinkers, including Davidson and Dummett. The book's second part offers a novel solution based upon the properties of a basic syntactic principle called 'Merge', which may be said to create objects inside objects, thus showing how unities can be both single things but also made up of proper parts. The solution is defended from both philosophical and linguistic perspectives. The overarching ambition of the book, therefore, is to strengthen the ties between current linguistics and contemporary philosophy of language in a way that is genuinely sensitive to the history of both fields.

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John Collins sheds some interesting new light on the problem and proposes an original solution that draws on the lessons from early analytic philosophers, contemporary philosophy of language, and linguistics. . . certainly a noteworthy contribution to the debate surrounding the unity of the proposition. . . I am sure that Collins's book will prove to be a valuable resource for those investigating the insights that linguistics can bring to the problem ( Katarina Perovic, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

Collins book is an ambitious attempt at integrating insights from philosophy, and philosophy of language in particular, with those deriving from contemporary linguistics, especially modern syntactic theory. The results are most interesting for both philosophers and linguists ( Piotr Stalmaszczyk,Philosophy in Review)

The Unity of Linguistic Meaning is a remarkably original book that manages to develop a genuinely novel perspective on one of the most venerable and findamental problems of philosophy. ... Collins has written a fascinating book that is historically insightful, astute and convincing in its critical discussions of current approaches, and exemplary in terms of what a 'new' philosophy of language may look like. ( Wolfram Hinzen and Ulrich Reichard, Mind)

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John Collins is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He has published widely in the philosophies of language and mind, and has a special interest in generative linguistics, the concepts of truth and meaning, and early analytical philosophy. He is the author of numerous articles in leading journals and Chomsky: A Guide for the Perplexed (2008).

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2011. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. 236 x 156 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The problem of the unity of the proposition is almost as old as philosophy itself, and was one of the central themes of early analytical philosophy, greatly exercising the minds of Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, and Ramsey. The problem is how propositions or meanings can be simultaneously unities (single things) and complexes, made up of parts that are autonomous of the positions they happen to fill in any given proposition. The problem has been associated with numerous paradoxes and has motivated general theories of thought and meaning, but has eluded any consensual resolution; indeed, the problem is sometimes thought to be wholly erroneous, a result of atomistic assumptions we should reject. In short, the problem has been thought to be of merely historical interest. Collins argues that the problem is very real and poses a challenge to any theory of linguistic meaning. He seeks to resolve the problem by laying down some minimal desiderata on a solution and presenting a uniquely satisfying account. The first part of the book surveys and rejects extant solutions and dismissals of the problem from (especially) Frege and Russell, and a host of more contemporary thinkers, including Davidson and Dummett. The book s second part offers a novel solution based upon the properties of a basic syntactic principle called Merge , which may be said to create objects inside objects, thus showing how unities can be both single things but also made up of proper parts. The solution is defended from both philosophical and linguistic perspectives. The overarching ambition of the book, therefore, is to strengthen the ties between current linguistics and contemporary philosophy of language in a way that is genuinely sensitive to the history of both fields. Codice libro della libreria AOP9780199694846

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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. Oxford University Press, 2011. 224p. Hardback. Regardless of one's perspective, this book is well worth reading, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in philosophy of language, linguistics or the intersection between the two disciplines. If you share Collins' basic assumptions, he provides a cogent defence of how one of the workhorses of syntax, Merge, offers a way into the problem of unity. If you do not share his assumptions, the book challenges alternative approaches in ways that will surely spark lively and fruitful exchanges . Regardless of your position on these issues, the last chapter is not to be missed: it contains what may well be the best philosophical discussion of Merge and its place in linguistics. Patricia Hanna, The Philosophical Quarterly 10/12/2015 |a 05/08/2015 (Publisher's information). Condition: New. Codice libro della libreria 41740

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