Philosophy, Language, and Artificial Intelligence

Resources for Processing Natural Language

  • Jack Kulas
  • James H. Fetzer
  • Terry L. Rankin

Part of the Studies in Cognitive Systems book series (COGS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Philosophy and Natural-Language Processing

  3. Prologue: Modes of Meaning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
  4. Formal Syntax of Natural Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Geoffrey K. Pullum
      Pages 69-78
  5. Semantic Aspects of Natural Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Donald Davidson
      Pages 93-111
    3. Jaakko Hintikka
      Pages 113-137
  6. Connecting Syntax with Semantics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Gerald Gazdar
      Pages 163-218
  7. Natural Language and Logical Form

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Jon Barwise, Robin Cooper
      Pages 241-301
  8. Possible-Worlds and Situation Semantics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. John Perry
      Pages 305-329
    3. Robert Stalnaker
      Pages 331-345
  9. Epilogue: From Semantics to Pragmatics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Hans Kamp
      Pages 349-380
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 383-421

About this book


This series will include monographs and collections of studies devoted to the investigation and exploration of knowledge, information and data-processing systems of all kinds, no matter whether human, (other) animal or machine. Its scope is intended to span the full range of interests from classical problems in the philosophy of mind and phi­ losophical psychology through issues in cognitive psychology and socio­ biology (concerning the mental capabilities of other species) to ideas related to artificial intelligence and computer science. While primary emphasis will be placed upon theoretical, conceptual and epistemologi­ cal aspects of these problems and domains, empirical, experimental and methodological studies will also appear from time to time. Among the most challenging and difficult projects within the scope of artificial intelligence is the development and implementation of com­ puter programs suitable for processing natural language. Our purpose in compiling the present volume has been to contribute to the foundations of this enterprise by bringing together classic papers devoted to crucial problems involved in understanding natural language, which range from issues of formal syntax and logical form to those of possible-worlds and situation semantics. The book begins with a comprehensive introduc­ tion composed by Jack Kulas, the senior editor of this work, which pro­ vides a systematic orientation to this complex field, and ends with a selected bibliography intended to promote further research. If our efforts assist others in dealing with these problems, they will have been worthwhile. J. H. F.


Prolog Syntax artificial intelligence grammar intelligence natural language philosophy semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jack Kulas
    • 1
  • James H. Fetzer
    • 2
  • Terry L. Rankin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy and HumanitiesUniversity of MinnesotaDuluthUSA
  3. 3.IBM AI Support CenterPalo AltoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7726-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2727-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-0780
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