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180097 VO Lecture Course with Readings on the Philosophy of Language (2019W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie

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Details

Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 15.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 22.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 29.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 12.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 19.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 26.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 10.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 17.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 07.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 14.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8
Tuesday 21.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 21 Hauptgebäude, Hochparterre, Stiege 8

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture course is an introduction to the central questions and topics in the philosophy of language. These include: What is linguistic meaning? How does language allow us to refer to the world – what is reference? What is the relationship between reference, meaning, and truth? How do we manage to say new things again and again with a limited vocabulary of words? How does linguistic communication work? Which actions can we perform by using language?

In the first part of the course, we ask what linguistic meaning is. How can signs be meaningful? And how do they get their specific meaning? We will get to know some of the important theories of meaning.

In the second part of the course, we will look at questions in semantics, the study of the meaning of linguistic signs. We will study the classical positions of Bertrand Russell and Gottlob Frege, will analyse the meaning of some basic types of expression (proper names, definite descriptions/determiner phrase) and the dependence of some expressions' meaning on the context of their use.

In the third part of the course, we turn to questions in pragmatics, which is concerned with the use of language by speakers in conversational contexts. We will study speech act theory, models of linguistic communication, and dimensions of non-literal meaning (implicatures \& presuppositions).

In the fourth part of the course, we investigate fundamental questions about the relationship of language, politics, and society. In particular, we will study connections between language, discrimination, and social justice.

At the end of the course, students should be able to
+ understand the questions, methods and theories of the philosophy of language of the 20th century,
+ navigate topics in philosophy of language on the basis of the knowledge acquired in the course,
+ critically reflect selected positions in the philosophy of language,
+ analyse and understand literature in the philosophy of language on their own, and
+ apply their knowledge of philosophy of language productively in other areas of their studies.

Assessment and permitted materials

Final exam (multiple choice questions and discursive question)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

At least 60% of the maximal points in the final exam are needed for a passing grade.

Examination topics

All of the material presented in class (slides) AS WELL AS the required reading for each session.

Reading list

There will be a reader will all required readings. We will read excerpts from classical 20th & 21st century texts, e.g. by Russell, Frege, Grice, Kripke, Kaplan, Lewis, Stalnaker, Austin, Langton, and Haslanger. Additional, non-obligatory readings will be available on Moodle.

A good introduction to philosophy of language is William Lycan (2008): Philosophy of Language. A Contemporary Introduction (London: Routledge).

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