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"To get stuck in to this book is to taste the sort of intense learning experience that you might get if the editors were giving you personal tutorials. Those who teach philosophy of language to University undergraduates will regard Reading Philosophy of Language as a valuable addition to their armoury." Dr Andrew Woodfield, University of Bristol <!––end––>

"This is an outstanding text, with a perfect blend of well–selected original works and excellent, interleaved commentary. I will immediately adopt it for my undergraduate Philosophy of Language course." David Shier, Washington State University

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Designed for readers new to the subject, Reading Philosophy of Language presents important writings by leading figures in the field, such as Austin, Chomsky, Davidson, Dummett, and Searle. Three texts are presented on each of six key topics: reference and meaning; speech and action; meaning and truth; knowledge of language; meaning and compositionality; and non–literal meaning.


Extensive editorial material guides readers through these texts. The editors provide an introduction to the text as a whole, outlining the subject s principal concerns, and explaining how these give rise to the particular questions broached in each chapter. Chapter introductions then locate each piece in context and provide background on relevant terminology and theories; interactive commentaries help readers to engage with the texts, and acquaint them with alternative positions that might be taken on key issues.

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HASH(0x87915b1c) out of 5 stars Missing Passages 21 Jan. 2012
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There are missing passages for this book and the lettering that is used in the commentary to refer back to the reading is incorrectly placed in the reading so it makes no sense . It jumps from one page to another, skipping entire sections of reading. Not the same as the hard copy!
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HASH(0x8727f108) out of 5 stars Good introductory Anthology 12 Dec. 2005
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Reading Philosophy Of Language: Selected Texts With Interactive Commentary edited by Jennifer Hornsby, Guy Longworth (Reading Philosophy: Blackwell Publishers) (Hardcover) `To get stuck in to this book is to taste the sort of intense learning experience that you might get if the editors were giving you personal tutorials. Those who teach philosophy of language to university undergraduates will regard Reading Philosophy of Language as a valuable addition to their armoury.' Andrew Woodfield, University of Bristol

`This is an outstanding text, with a perfect blend of well-selected original works and excellent, interleaved commentary. I will immediately adopt it for my undergraduate Philosophy of Language course.' David Shier, Washington State University

Designed for readers new to the subject, Reading Philosophy of Language presents important writings by leading figures in the field, such as Austin, Chomsky, Davidson, Dummett, and Searle. Three texts are presented on each of six key topics: reference and meaning; speech and action; meaning and truth; knowledge of language; meaning and compositionality; and non-literal meaning.

Extensive editorial material guides readers through these texts. The editors provide an introduction to the text as a whole, outlining the subject's principal concerns, and explaining how these give rise to the particular questions broached in each chapter. Chapter introductions then locate each piece in context and provide background on relevant terminology and theories; interactive commentaries help readers to engage with the texts, and acquaint them with alternative positions that might be taken on key issues.

Jennifer Hornsby is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. Reading Philosophy: Selected Texts with a Method for Beginners (co-edited with Samuel Guttenplan and Christopher Janaway, Blackwell, 2003) is among her recent publications.

Guy Longworth is Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London.
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