Universität Wien

180039 SE Frege's Philosophy of Language (2023W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 12.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 19.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 09.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 16.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 23.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 30.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 07.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 14.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 11.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 18.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 25.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

What determines the meanings of sentences in a language? What makes them true or false? What are the different kinds of signs in a
language, and how do they contribute to the meanings of its sentences? How in short does a language allow us to say what is and isn't so?

These are central questions in the philosophy of language, and analytic philosophy more generally. Between 1879 and 1924, Gottlob Frege developed answers to these questions which initiated the "linguistic turn" and analytic philosophy as we know it today. Frege's logical writings are the source of the fundamental concepts used today in philosophical reflection on language, and they remain the best introduction to these concepts. Thus, we will read Frege's own writings both to understand his philosophical project and as a general introduction to philosophy of language.

The course will be conducted as a seminar with a focus on critical, collaborative engagement with Frege's works through philosophical discussion.

Assessment and permitted materials

In-class reading quizzes
Argument analysis
Development of a topic for the final essay
Final essay

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular, active participation in seminar discussion (no more than two unexcused absences) (20 points)

Reading quizzes (20 points)

Argument analysis (20 points)

Development of a topic, Final essay (40 points)

To receive a passing grade for the course, all components must be completed with a passing grade. The overall grade for the course will be determined as follows:

1 (very good) 100-91 points
2 (good) 90-81 points
3 (satisfactory) 80-71 points
4 (sufficient) 70-60 points
5 (insufficient) 59-0 points

Examination topics

Reading list

The main texts for the course will be (selections from):

Frege, G. Über Sinn und Bedeutung / On Sense and Reference.
Frege, G. Über Begriff und Gegenstand / On Concept and Object.
Frege, G. Funktion und Begriff / Function and Concept.
Frege, G. Begriffsschrift.
Frege, G. Grundlagen der Arithmetik / The Foundations of Arithmetic.
Frege, G. Grundgesetze der Arithmetik, Bd. I und II / Basic Laws of Arithmetic, Vol. I and II.
Frege, G. Logische Untersuchungen / Logical Investigations

Additional supporting literature will be recommended in class.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 12.10.2023 16:47