Beyond the Letter (Routledge Revivals): A Philosophical by Israel Scheffler

By Israel Scheffler

Ambiguity, vagueness and metaphor are pervasive positive aspects of language, deserving of systematic examine of their personal correct. but they've got usually been thought of mere deviations from excellent language or stumbling blocks to be shunned within the building of medical platforms. First released in 1979, Beyond the Letter bargains a consecutive examine of those good points from a philosphical standpoint, offering analyses of every and treating their relatives to each other.


Addressed to the elemental task of logical and semantic clarification, the publication employs an inscriptional technique within the try to keep away from widespread sorts of question-begging, and, additional, within the conviction that sparseness of assumption frequently finds issues of theoretical curiosity without reference to methodolgical choice.


The writer distinguishes and analyses numerous kinds of ambiguity, constructing new semantic notions within the technique; recasts the philosophical remedy of vagueness within the gentle of contemporary criticisms of analyticity; discusses the bearing of vagueness on common sense; and offers a scientific critique of significant fresh interpretations of metaphor, constructing a revised model of contextualism.

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