From Naming to Saying: The Unity of the Proposition

From Naming to Saying: The Unity of the Proposition

Editor(s): Martha I. Gibson

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631226550

Online ISBN: 9780470755655

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755655

About this Book

From Naming to Saying explores the classicquestion of the unity of the proposition, combining an historical approach with contemporary causal theories to offer a unique and novel solution.


  • Presents compelling and sophisticated answers to questions about how language represents the world.
  • Defends a novel approach to the classical question about the unity of the proposition.
  • Examines three key historical theories: Frege's doctrine of concept and object, Russell's analysis of the sentence, and Wittgenstein's picture theory of meaning.
  • Combines an historical approach with discussion and defense of a contemporary causal theory of the unity of the proposition.
  • Establishes a view compatible with, though not dependent on, a causal theory of meaning.

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