Communication and intention

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-U006-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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References and further reading

  • Avramides, A. (1989) Meaning and Mind, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

    (A thorough investigation particularly of the issue of reduction of semantics to psychology, and whether Grice’s approach requires belief in it.)

  • Bennett, J. (1976) Linguistic Behaviour, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A lively development of Grice’s work, especially valuable for its discussion of the relation between full intentionality and more primitive signalling systems.)

  • Grice, P. (1957) ‘Meaning’, Philosophical Review 66: 377–388; repr. in Studies in the Way of Words, Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 1989.

    (The seminal article in the field.)

  • Lewis, D.K. (1969) Convention: A Philosophical Study, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (The classic modern analysis of the concept.)

  • Meijers, A. (1994) Speech Acts, Communication and Collective Intentionality, Utrecht: Leiden University.

    (An impressive defence of the ineliminable presence of collective intentions in communication.)

  • Searle, J.R. (1969) Speech Acts, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (A lucid development of J.L. Austin’s work on the actions we perform in conversation.)

  • Searle, J.R. (1983) Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Searle’s work is perhaps the most impressive development of the notion of acts performed in speech, but also controversial through his firm belief that the intentional powers of language are derived from a prior biologically engendered capacity.)

  • Strawson, P.F. (1971) ‘Meaning and Truth’, in Logico-Linguistic Papers, London: Methuen.

    (An early reflection upon the relations between communication and representation.)

Citing this article:
Blackburn, Simon. Bibliography. Communication and intention, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-U006-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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