Michael Dummett
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Series: Philosophy Now
Author(s): Bernhard Weiss  
ISBN: 1902683358
ISBN-13: 9781902683355
Publication Date: 31/10/2002
Pages: 208 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £16.99
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Michael Dummett's approach to the metaphysical issue of realism through the philosophy of language, his challenge to realism, and his philosophy of language itself are central topics in contemporary analytic philosophy and have influenced the work of other major figures such as Quine, Putnam, and Davidson. This book offers an accessible and systematic presentation of the main elements of Dummett's philosophy.

The book's overarching theme is Dummett's discussion of realism: his characterization of realism, his attack on realism, and his invention and exploration of the anti-realist position. The book begins by examining Dummett's views on language. Only against that setting can one fully appreciate his conception of the realism issue. With this in place, Weiss returns to Dummett's views on the nature of meaning and understanding to unfold his challenge to realism. Weiss devotes the remainder of the book to examining the anti-realist position. He discusses anti-realist theories of meaning and then investigates anti-realism's revisionary consequences. Finally, he engages with Dummett's discussion of two difficult challenges for the anti-realist: the past and mathematics.


"A superb book that clarifies the difficult thought of one of the towering figures of recent philosophy." – Choice

"Weiss provides an excellent and concise introduction to Dummett's thought, and he does more: he provides those who already have a fair acquaintance with Dummett with a very useful and provocative overview, drawing together the complex strands." – Australasian Journal of Philosophy

"A very good simultaneous exposition and critical evaluation of Dummett's work in the philosophies of language, logic and mathematics. It systematizes in a way that Dummett himself has been reluctant to do." – Peter Milne, University of Edinburgh

Bernhard Weiss is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town.

1. What is a theory of meaning?
2. Knowledge of the meaning-theory
3. The characterization of realism
4. The challenge for realism
5. What is anti-realism?
6. The revisionary implications of anti-realism
7. Two case-studies: the past and mathematics

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