A wiki-kwiki :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_language
informs us of at least 7 theories of meaning.
1. Idea - empirical, meaning is pure mental content provoked by signs - HUME - [ semantic internalism ]
2. Truth-conditional - related to the conditions under which an expression is true or false - FREGE
3. Use - related to speech acts - WITTGENSTEIN -
4. Reference - social and environmental - [ semantic externalism ]
5. Verificationist - [ logical positivism ]
6. Pragmatist - understanding is defined by the consequences of its application
7. Others - non-linguistic - body language
and then, the relationship between Language and Thought - Thought and Talk -
and the importance of literature - perhaps not a Philosophy of Language, rather Philosophy in
I'm beginning to think the latter interests me more.
Why do we need so many philosophical theories of
Is there a philosophy of language which reaches out and grabs ya' ? I'm kinda leaning towards Hume...and maybe...erm...Wittgenstein...with a little pinch of...* frowns *....body...
Just my first impressions. Any ideas ?