Locke's Philosophy of Language by Walter R. Ott

By Walter R. Ott

This booklet examines John Locke's claims concerning the nature and workings of language. Walter Ott proposes an interpretation of Locke's thesis during which phrases characterize principles within the brain of the speaker, and argues that instead of utilising such notions as feel or reference, Locke is dependent upon an old culture that is aware signification as trustworthy indication. He then makes use of this interpretation to provide an explanation for an important parts of Locke's metaphysics and epistemology, together with essence, abstraction, wisdom and psychological illustration. His dialogue demanding situations a number of the orthodox readings of Locke, and should be of curiosity to historians of philosophy and philosophers of language alike.

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