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Linguistic Creativity

Exercises in ‘Philosophical Therapy’


Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 81)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Problem

  3. New Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
  4. A Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Eugen Fischer
      Pages 179-187
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-193

About this book


Speakers can get to know the meaning of any of indefinitely many sentences that they have never heard before. This statement encapsulates the problem of linguistic creativity, which lies at the core of philosophy of language and theoretical linguistics. It has also sparked off a considerable amount of work on the philosophy of mind.
After establishing the failure of the familiar compositional approach to the problem, the book adopts a radically new start. It develops core elements of the later Wittgenstein's conception of philosophy, putting them to work to`dissolve' the problem, proving it ill-framed by clarifying the questions posing it and breaking the spell of mistaken analogies that inform it.
This sharply focused monograph thus has a dual aim: coping with a crucial problem that turns out to be a lot tougher than is generally supposed, and presenting a precise and rigorous demonstration of an unfamiliar and exciting philosophical approach.
Audience: Clearly written and lucidly structured, the book addresses professional philosophers and advanced undergraduates alike.


Ludwig Wittgenstein language mind philosophy of language philosophy of mind theoretical linguistics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for PhilosophyLudwig-Maximilians-UniversityMunichGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Linguistic Creativity
  • Book Subtitle Exercises in ‘Philosophical Therapy’
  • Authors E. Fischer
  • Series Title Philosophical Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6124-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5841-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-4243-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 193
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Language
    Philosophy of Mind
    Theoretical Linguistics
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