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The Natural Background of Meaning : Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science - Arda Denkel

The Natural Background of Meaning

Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Hardcover Published: 31st October 1998
ISBN: 9780792353317
Number Of Pages: 252

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In The Natural Background to Meaning Denkel argues that meaning in language is an outcome of the evolutionary development of forms of animal communication, and explains this process by naturalising the Locke-Grice approach. The roots of meaning are contained in observable regularities, which are manifestations of objective connections such as essences and causal relations. Denkel's particularistic ontology of properties and causation leads to a view of time that harmonises B-theory with transience. Time's passage, he argues, is a necessary condition of communication and meaning.
The book connects some central topics in the philosophies of language, science and ontology, treating them within the framework of a single theory. It will interest not only professional philosophers doing research on meaning, universals, causation and time, but also students, who can consult it as a textbook examining Grice's theory of meaning.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introduction: Regularities and the Objective Background of Communicationp. 1
The Problem of Meaning and its Lockean Solutionp. 35
Thinking and Languagep. 62
Natural Meaning and Evolutionp. 86
Some Reflections upon the Speaker's Meaningp. 117
Nonnatural Meaning Naturalizedp. 135
The Ontology of Objective Connectionsp. 167
Causationp. 194
The Flow of Timep. 213
Referencesp. 238
Index of Subjectsp. 245
Index of Namesp. 249
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ISBN: 9780792353317
ISBN-10: 0792353315
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 31st October 1998
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.22