© 1999

The Natural Background of Meaning


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 197)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Arda Denkel
    Pages 62-85
  3. Arda Denkel
    Pages 86-116
  4. Arda Denkel
    Pages 135-166
  5. Arda Denkel
    Pages 167-193
  6. Arda Denkel
    Pages 194-212
  7. Arda Denkel
    Pages 213-237
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 238-252

About this book


In The Natural Background to Meaning Denkel argues that meaning in language is an outcome of the evolutionary development of forms of animal communication, and explains this process by naturalising the Locke-Grice approach. The roots of meaning are contained in observable regularities, which are manifestations of objective connections such as essences and causal relations. Denkel's particularistic ontology of properties and causation leads to a view of time that harmonises B-theory with transience. Time's passage, he argues, is a necessary condition of communication and meaning.
The book connects some central topics in the philosophies of language, science and ontology, treating them within the framework of a single theory. It will interest not only professional philosophers doing research on meaning, universals, causation and time, but also students, who can consult it as a textbook examining Grice's theory of meaning.


Theory of Meaning language ontology science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Boğaziçi UniversityIstanbulTurkey

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Natural Background of Meaning
  • Authors A. Denkel
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5331-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5126-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9084-6
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 252
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Language
    Philosophy of Science
    Modern Philosophy
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