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The Seas of Language

Michael Dummett

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236214
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597350 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198236212.001.0001
The Seas of Language

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The book contains articles in metaphysics and philosophy of language written between 1975 and 1992. Dummett defends the verificationist theory of meaning, according to which in order to know the meaning of a statement one must be in possession of a procedure to verify it. He also argues for the link between bivalence and the metaphysical doctrine of realism. Other topics discussed include refutation of instrumentalism, mathematical applicability, backward causation, and the analysis of the concept of existence.

Keywords: anti‐realism; bivalence; causation; Davidson; Michael Dummett; Frege; meaning; Quine; realism; theory of meaning; verificationism; Wittgenstein

Book.  502 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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Language and Truth in The Seas of Language

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Truth and Meaning in The Seas of Language

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Language and Communication in The Seas of Language

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Mood, Force, and Convention in The Seas of Language

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Frege and Husserl on Reference in The Seas of Language

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