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Companions to Ancient Thought

By: Stephen Everson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th September 1994
ISBN: 9780521357951
Number Of Pages: 292

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This third Companion is devoted to ancient theories of language. The chapters range over more than eight hundred years of philosophical enquiry, and provide critical analyses of all the principal accounts of how it is that language can have meaning and how we can come to acquire linguistic understanding. The discussions move from the naturalism examined in Plato's Cratylus to the sophisticated theories of the Hellenistic schools and the work of St Augustine. The relations between thought about language and metaphysics, philosophy of mind and the development of grammar are also explored. The essays will interest those studying ancient philosophy and philosophy of language, the history of thought about language, and linguistics.

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"If ever a case is to be made that ancient philosophy is just an early species of analytic philosophy, this is the volume to do it...The quality of the essays, in every case, is extremely high." Robert Pasnau, Review of Metaphysics

Introductionp. 1
Plato on understanding languagep. 10
Cratylus' theory of names and its refutationp. 28
Aristotle on names and their significationp. 37
Epicurus on mind and languagep. 74
The Stoic notion of a lektonp. 109
Parrots, Pyrrhonists and native speakersp. 129
Analogy, anomaly and Apollonius Dyscolusp. 149
Usage and abusage: Galen on languagep. 166
Augustine on the nature of speechp. 188
The verb 'to be' in Greek philosophy: some remarksp. 212
Bibliographyp. 237
Index of namesp. 264
Index of passages discussedp. 269
Index of subjectsp. 277
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ISBN: 9780521357951
ISBN-10: 0521357950
Series: Companions to Ancient Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 5th September 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.22  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.41