Semantic Analysis (book)

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Semantic Analysis is a book written by American philosopher Paul Ziff. It was first published in 1960 but has been reprinted at least four times since.


The book is, as the title suggests, about a semantic analysis of language, and particularly the word "Good" as it is used in English.


The book is written in a large number of numbered paragraphs 246 to be exact. It also includes a short preface. The writing style is thus similar to Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. The book has six chapters (Language, Semantic Analysis, Conditions, Truth Conditions, Meaning, The Word 'Good'), a bibliography and an index.


Paul Ziff, "Semantic Analysis, 1960, Cornell University Press

External links

Paul Benacerraf, "Review: Paul Ziff, Semantic Analysis", Journal of Symbolic Logic, Volume 29, Issue 4 (1964), 193-194. review at