Philosophy of Language
We shall study several central topics in contemporary philosophy of language. Each of these topics is central not only in focusing much discussion but also in influencing the discussion of other philosophical issues. Due to the variety of topics, none will be exhaustively discussed in the course, but the hope is that the main approaches to the problems, their motivation and presuppositions would be clearly delineated. Students who write a paper for the course are expected to choose one of the topics as subject of their term paper and to extend and deepen the discussion in their work.
Students will acquire good knowledge of some of the more influential contributions to the philosophy of language in recent decades, as well as acquaintance with some of the major difficulties with these contributions.
• Two-year MA students: in-class written examination as part of the Theoretical and Practical Philosophy Final Examination at the end of the first year
• One-year MA students: term paper of approximately 2500 words (students should consult me about the paper's subject).
• In addition, all two-year MA students will be asked to make a presentation on one of the readings and later submit it (either as slides or handout). This is optional for other students. The final examination grade may be modified by a third of a grade on the basis of the student’s performance in the classroom and the submitted presentation.