In Meaning and Structure, Peregrin argues that recent and contemporary (post)analytic philosophy, as developed by Quine, Davidson, Sellars and their followers, is largely structuralistic in the very sense in which structuralism was originally tabled by Ferdinand de Saussure. The author reconstructs de Saussure's view of language, linking it to modern formal logic and mathematics, and reveals close analogies between its constitutive principles and the principles informing the holistic and neopragmatistic view of language put forward by Quine and his followers. Peregrin also indicates how this view of language can be made compatible with what is usually called 'formal semantics'. Drawing on both the Saussurean tradition and recent developments in analytic philosophy of language, this book offers a unique study of the ways in which the concept of meaning can be seen as consisting in the concept of structure.

chapter 1|12 pages


part |2 pages

Part I: The Whys and Hows of Structuralism

part |2 pages

Part II: Structuralism of Postanalytic Philosophers

part |2 pages

Part III: Semantic Structure of Language and of its Expressions

chapter 8|36 pages

Meaning and Inferential Role

chapter 10|20 pages

The Structures of Expressions

chapter 11|4 pages