Philosophy of Language (PHIL*3250)
Code and section: PHIL*3250*01
Term: Fall 2022
Instructor: Mark McCullagh
Method of Delivery:
Each week: 3 hrs lectures
We will read some classic 20th century writings on language by Gottlob Frege, A. J. Ayer, Ludwig Wittgenstein, J. L. Austin and Saul Kripke. Then we will learn some semantic theory, using Kate Kearns’ textbook. With that we will be ready to read some Paul Grice. Then we will look at the contemporary debate over “semantic minimalism,” reading from recent contributions by Ernie Lepore and Herman Cappelen, Emma Borg, and Charles Travis.
Assignments & Means of Evaluation:
- Two in-class discussion-starter presentations - 30%
- Five 300-word reading responses (6% each) - 30%
- Two 1,500-word essays (20% each) - 40%
This course uses online resources.