Ann Michelle Baker
Current theories of meaning, reference, predication, and related concepts. Offered: jointly with LING 476.
In this course, we will study some of the most important topics in the philosophy of language, starting with Frege’s theory of sense and reference. We will focus on theories of meaning. We will read articles by Frege, Russell, Strawson, Donnellan, Kripke, Putnam, Kaplan, Quine, and Grice (among others). While intended primarily for graduate students in philosophy and advanced undergraduate majors, the course is open to others with a suitable background in philosophy, including at least one upper division course. Grades will be determined by a few short assignments early in the quarter and a final project. The final project will be either a term paper (10-12 pages) or a take-home exam. Anyone who chooses to write the term paper must submit a preliminary proposal by the seventh week of the quarter. TEXT: The Philosophy of Language, 5th edition, edited by A.P. Martinich.
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