The course aims to provide a basic understanding of central concepts, theories and issues in contemporary analytic philosophy of language, and to familiarize students with some models of argumentation and analysis in that field.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction to central topics and issues of contemporary analytical philosophy of language, through the critical presentation of three types of approaches to meaning that have been prominent within it: truth-theoretic, intention-theoretic, and action-theoretic. The course includes a sketch of the origins of these approaches, and digressions to other areas of analytic philosophy (especially, philosophy of mind and philosophy of logic) that provide material necessary for the appreciation of some of the issues they raise.
Additional bibliography for study
Michael Morris, An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Chris Daly, Philosophy of Language: An Introduction, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
Colin McGinn, Philosophy of Language: The Classics Explained, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2015.