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Ann Michelle Baker
PHIL 453
Seattle Campus

Philosophy of Language

Current theories of meaning, reference, predication, and related concepts. Offered: jointly with LING 476.

Class description

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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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 10/26/2010