Linguistic Content: New Essays on the History of Philosophy of Language

2015.07.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Margaret Cameron and Robert J. Stainton (eds.), Linguistic Content: New Essays on the History of Philosophy of Language, Oxford
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2015.07.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Margaret Cameron and Robert J. Stainton (eds.), Linguistic Content: New Essays on the History of Philosophy of Language, Oxford University Press, 2015, 272pp., $66.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198732495. Reviewed by Walter Ott, University of Virginia Margaret Cameron and Robert Stainton's welcome anthology 'treats linguistic content across the history of Western philosophy of language, from Plato through Brentano's student Marty' (1). The book is organized around two questions: Q1:  What varieties of linguistic content did the author or period countenance? Q2:  What metaphysical groundings for linguistic content were considered? (1) The volume opens with Deborah Modrak's essay on Plato's theory of definition, which is a useful tour through the dialogues' methods and assumptions. Modrak argues that Plato is tacitly committed to a two-tiered account of definition and, by extension, reference. At the first tier are. . .

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