Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Margaret Cameron, Benjamin Hill
    Pages 1-18
  3. Christine Thomas
    Pages 19-27
  4. Deborah Modrak
    Pages 29-71
  5. John Thorp
    Pages 73-106
  6. Endre Begby
    Pages 107-112
  7. Endre Begby
    Pages 113-121
  8. Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson
    Pages 123-130
  9. Margaret Cameron
    Pages 131-170
  10. Margaret Cameron
    Pages 171-192
  11. Susan Brower-Toland
    Pages 193-213
  12. Martin Tweedale
    Pages 215-237
  13. Martin Tweedale
    Pages 239-257
  14. Henrik Lagerlund
    Pages 259-276
  15. Gyula Klima
    Pages 277-293
  16. Mary Sirridge
    Pages 295-303
  17. Claude Panaccio
    Pages 305-372
  18. Mark Sainsbury
    Pages 373-392
  19. Stephen Read
    Pages 393-403
  20. Mathieu Marion
    Pages 405-418

About this book


For the first time in English, this anthology offers a comprehensive selection of primary sources in the history of philosophy of language. Beginning with a detailed introduction contextualizing the subject, the editors draw out recurring themes, including the origin of language, the role of nature and convention in fixing form and meaning, language acquisition, ideal languages, varieties of meanings, language as a tool, and the nexus of language and thought, linking them to representative texts.   The handbook moves on to offer seminal contributions from philosophers ranging from the pre-Socratics up to John Stuart Mill, preceding each major historical section with its own introductory assessment. With all of the most relevant primary texts on the philosophy of language included, covering well over two millennia, this judicious, and generous, selection of source material will be an indispensable research tool for historians of philosophy, as well as for philosophers of language, in the twenty-first century.   A vital tool for researchers and contemporary philosophers, it will be a touchstone for much further research, with coverage of a long and varied tradition that will benefit today’s scholars and enhance their awareness of earlier contributions to the field.


Philosophy Language Aristotle Philosophy Language Epicureanism Philosophy Language Plato Philosophy Language Pre-Socratics Philosophy Language Sextus Philosophy Language Stoics

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret Cameron
    • 1
  • Benjamin Hill
    • 2
  • Robert J. Stainton
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-26906-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-26908-5
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