Current Debates in Language & Mind (PHIL*4120) | College of Arts

Current Debates in Language & Mind (PHIL*4120)

Code and section: PHIL*4120*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Mark McCullagh


This course is crosslisted with PHIL*6120

The course is a graduate-level introduction to Philosophy of Language, with a focus on 2 or 3 particular special topics, the choice of which will depend on students' interests. Possibitilies include: discourse about fictional entities; vagueness; context-dependence; apriority and analyticity. We'll read some orienting essays from a recent "Companion" volume, and perhaps some stuff from Irene Heim and Angelika Kratzer's standard semantics textbook, or David Kaplan's essay "Demonstratives," but our main materials will be articles that I will make available online.

Students will produce one term essay, an initial draft of which will be due several weeks into the course. They will also produce a small number of the mini-presentations that will open each class meeting.


Course outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.