Sourcebook in the History of Philosophy of Language

Primary source texts from the Pre-Socratics to Mill

  • Margaret Cameron
  • Benjamin Hill
  • Robert J. Stainton

Part of the Springer Graduate Texts in Philosophy book series (SGTP, volume 2)

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
  21. Joshua P. Hochschild
    Pages 419-454
  22. Henrik Lagerlund
    Pages 455-486
  23. Benjamin Hill
    Pages 487-495
  24. Alex Barber
    Pages 497-502
  25. Amy Schmitter
    Pages 503-528
  26. Arthur Sullivan
    Pages 529-560
  27. Matthew Lauzon
    Pages 561-580
  28. Benjamin Hill
    Pages 581-636
  29. Reinaldo Elugardo
    Pages 637-684
  30. Robert J. Stainton
    Pages 685-711
  31. Robert Di Salle
    Pages 713-772
  32. Christopher Gauker
    Pages 773-806
  33. John Turri
    Pages 807-852
  34. Lewis Powell
    Pages 853-858
  35. Martin Montminy
    Pages 859-886
  36. Mitchell S. Green
    Pages 887-909
  37. Corey Dyck
    Pages 911-951
  38. Corey Dyck
    Pages 953-961
  39. Max Freund
    Pages 963-1027
  40. Sandra Lapointe
    Pages 1029-1032
  41. Henry Laycock
    Pages 1033-1095
  42. Back Matter
    Pages 1097-1102

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

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