Language and Semiotics

Jaap Maat

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199556137
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Language and Semiotics

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This article explores the radical changes in the relationship between philosophy and the study of language in early modern Europe. It describes the context in which questions concerning language were approached in early modern Europe and outlines some aspects of the disciplines traditionally concerned with language, which include logic, grammar, and rhetoric. It discusses the views of language held by some of the most influential philosophers of the period including Francis Bacon, René Descartes, and Thomas Hobbes.

Keywords: philosophy; language; Europe; logic; grammar; rhetoric; Francis Bacon; René Descartes; Thomas Hobbes

Article.  11029 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language

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