Author:Walter R. Ott

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Locke's Philosophy of Language

By: Walter R. Ott

Price: $80.00

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 012836

ISBN: 0521831199

Condition: New


This book examines John Locke’s claims about the nature and workings of language. Walter Ott proposes a new interpretation of Locke’s thesis that 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, which is the first book-length treatment of its t... View more info