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Linguistic Representations

The Road Ahead by: Ramesh Chandra Pradhan

The book focuses on the structure and limits of linguistic representations from both the Indian and Western perspectives. From communicative meaning to meaning in trzuth-based semantics and also in hermeneutic interpretation of language, there are a wide range of issues which have been discussed in detail.



ISBN: 9788186921586
Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : viii, 468p.
Bibliographic Details : index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Decent Books
Size: 23
Weight: 800


The essays in this volume deal with the nature of linguistic representations as distinguished from other types of representations, including mental representations. These study language and linguistic representations, examining crucial questions like nature of language and language as a source of knowledge, accommodating linguistic representations within the broad framework of truth-based semantics and hermeneutic interpretation of language. The essays focus on the structure and limits of linguistic representations from both the Indian and Western perspectives. The semantic problems of meaning, reference and truth constitute the main issues facing any theory of linguistic representations and, therefore, these issues have been discussed in-depth. Besides, there has been an effort to understand how to locate the language-reality relationships within a broad representationalist framework. The essays take up many specific topics, examining theories of linguistic representations, such as the anti-representationalist stand of Wittgenstein and Derrida, Grice’s theory of meaning, and perspectives of Indian classical schools such as the Naiyayikas’ perspective on testimonial knowledge. The essays specially focus on the Indian theories of grammar and linguistic representations to highlight how philosophy of language, whether classical or contemporary, can hardly get rid of the semantic locus of meaning and truth.
The volume will prove invaluable to scholars of philosophy, especially those concerned with language and linguistic representations.


1. Linguistic Representation: A Philosophical View
— P.R. Bhat
2. First-Personal Self-Reference
— Bijoy H. Boruah
3. On the Irreducibility of the Semantical
— Nirmalya Narayana Chakraborty
4. Representation, Meaning and Truth
— Sadhan Chakraborty
5. On the Impossibility of Language–Reality Divide: Arguments from the Standpoint of Reference
— Amitabha Dasgupta
6. On Grice’s Analysis of Meaning
— Laxminarayana Lenka
7. Discrete versus Distributive Representation: The Debate Between the Classicist and the Connectionist
— Ram C. Majhi
8. Wittgenstein and Derrida on Representation
— Muhammedaly P.P.
9. Is there a Private Language called the Language of Thought?
— Sreekala M. Nair
10. Communicative Intentionality: An Analysis of “The Rules of Statement Making”
— Ranjan K. Panda
11. Linguistic Representations, Mind-World Relations and the Encounter with Truth
— R.C. Pradhan
12. Epistemic Autonomy of Shabda-pramana: Revisiting Classical Indian debates
— K.S. Prasad
13. Minding Language and Languaging Reality
— Manidipa Sanyal
14. Metaphoric Understanding and Mental Representations of Moral Concepts
— Smita Sirker
15. The Mentalistic Turn in Analytical Philosophy
— Madhucchanda Sen
16. Limits of Linguistic Representations: Wittgenstein and the Unrepresentable that Shows Forth
— Muhammad Maroof Shah
17. Hermeneutics and Language Analysis: Gadamer and Wittgenstein on the Nature of Language
— Sreekumar Nellickappilly
18. The Nature of Linguistic Representations
— C.A.Tomy

Meet the Author
Ramesh Chandra Pradhan is at present Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hyderabad. He previously taught at Utkal University and Karnatak University. He took his PhD in 1977 from Banaras Hindu University and had his post-doctoral studies at the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow during 1990-91. He was also Member-Secretary of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, during 2000-2003. Prof. Pradhan specializes in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind and Wittgenstein. He has authored several books in this area and edited several volumes. He has contributed many research papers to journals in philosophy. Among his books are Recent Developments in Analytic Philosophy (2001), The Great Mirror: An Essay on Wittgenstein's Tractatus (2002); Language, Reality and Transcendence: An Essay on the Main Strands of Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy (2008); and Metaphysics (2009).
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