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Explanation and Meaning : An Introduction to Philosophy - Daniel M. Taylor

Explanation and Meaning

An Introduction to Philosophy

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Published: 1st January 1971
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In this 1970 introduction to philosophy Mr Taylor concentrates on two central topics - explanation and meaning. He takes the argument far enough to acquaint the reader first-hand with the methods and approach of analytical philosophy, and yet because of the scope of these two topics he is able to introduce many of the traditional philosophical problems in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, and logic. By this approach he avoids the dangers both of superficiality and of undue technicality. Philosophers are concerned to analyse and describe certain concepts and modes of argument, not to establish facts or conclusions of any sort that can be tested by formal demonstration or controlled observation; their findings cannot be conveniently categorized or graded into a comprehensive and progressive course of studies. Mr Taylor meets this difficulty with his extended discussions of specific topics and questions which have implications over the whole subject.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Explanation: introduction
Scientific explanation
The confirmation of scientific explanation
What-explanations
Explanations in terms of mental states and events
Reasons
Explanation in history
Aspects of explanation in literature and criticism
Meaning: introduction
Causal theories of meaning
'Fido' - fido theories of meaning
Understanding and knowing the meaning of words
Meaning and definition
Meaning and what is meant
A theory of meaning
Further reading
Index
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ISBN: 9780521096171
ISBN-10: 0521096170
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st January 1971
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.24