Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 573-584

First online:

On Linguistics in Philosophy, and Philosophy in Linguistics

  • James HigginbothamAffiliated withSchool of Philosophy, USC

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After reviewing some major features of theinteractions between Linguistics and Philosophyin recent years, I suggest that the depth and breadthof current inquiry into semanticshas brought this subject into contact both with questionsof the nature of linguistic competence and with modern andtraditional philosophical study of the nature ofour thoughts, and the problems of metaphysics.I see this development as promising for thefuture of both subjects.