Grammar in Early Twentieth-Century Philosophy

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Richard Gaskin
Routledge, 2013 M04 15 - 272 pages
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This book is a systematic and historical exploration of the philosophical significance of grammar. In the first half of the twentieth century, and in particular in the writings of Frege, Husserl, Russell, Carnap and Wittgenstein, there was sustained philosophical reflection on the nature of grammar, and on the relevance of grammar to metaphysics, logic and science.

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Contents

Proposition and world
1
1 Frege and the grammar of truth
28
Husserls tactics of meaning
54
3 Logical form general sentences and Russells path to On Denoting
74
4 Grammar ontology and truth in Russell and Bradley
116
5 A few more remarks on logical form
142
6 Logical syntax in the Tractatus
163
7 Wittgenstein on grammar meaning and essence
182
8 Nonsense and necessity in Wittgensteins mature philosophy
199
9 Carnaps logical syntax
218
10 Heidegger and the grammar of being
238
Index
253
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Richard Gaskin is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, and has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh, Mainz and Bonn. He has extensive publications in ancient, medieval and modern metaphysics and philosophy of language, including The Sea Battle and the Master Argument: Aristotle and Diodorus Cronus on the Metaphysics of the Future (Walter de Gruyter, 1995).

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