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Locke's Philosophy of Language

Locke's Philosophy of Language by Walter R. Ott
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This book examines John Locke's claims about the nature and workings of language. Walter Ott proposes an interpretation of Locke's thesis in which words signify ideas in the mind of the speaker, and argues that rather than employing such notions as sense or reference, Locke relies on an ancient tradition that understands signification as reliable indication. He then uses this interpretation to explain crucial areas of Locke's metaphysics and epistemology, including essence, abstraction, knowledge and mental representation. His discussion challenges many of the orthodox readings of Locke, and will be of interest to historians of philosophy and philosophers of language alike.
Cambridge University Press; November 2003
169 pages; ISBN 9780511056659
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Title: Locke's Philosophy of Language
Author: Walter R. Ott
 
ISBNs
0511056656
9780511056659
9780521831192