Steven Biggs and Heimir Geirsson, faculty members in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, will publish “The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Reference” in December. Biggs is an associate professor and Geirsson is a professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
“The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Reference” offers students and more advanced readers a valuable resource for understanding linguistic reference; the relation between an expression (word, phrase, sentence) and what that expression is about. The volume’s forty-one original chapters, written by many of today’s leading philosophers of language, are organized into ten parts:
I Early Descriptive Theories
II Causal Theories of Reference
III Causal Theories and Cognitive Significance
IV Alternate Theories
V Two-Dimensional Semantics
VI Natural Kind Terms and Rigidity
VII The Empty Case
VIII Singular (de re) Thought
X Epistemology of Reference
Contributions consider what kinds of expressions actually refer (names, general terms, indexicals, empty terms, sentences), what referring expressions refer to, what makes an expression refer to whatever it does, connections between meaning and reference, and how we know facts about reference. Many contributions also develop connections between linguistic reference and issues in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science.
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