Philosophy of Language

Course Code :1068FLWFID
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Bi-anuall course:Taught in academic years starting in an odd year
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Bert Leuridan
Jan Potters

3. Course contents *

On the basis of secondary literature (Lycan 2008) we will discuss topics such as:

1) the analysis of definite descriptions;

2) reference of proper names (description theory and causal-historical theory);

3) traditional theories of meaning;

4) psychological and "use"-theories of meaning;

5) the verification theory of meaning;

6) several truth-condition theories of meaning;

7) semantic pragmatics, speech acts and implicative relations;

8) metaphors.


Besides we may read a number of central primary philosophical texts/fragments from the following list:

- Antony, L. (2012) "Is There a 'Feminist' Philosophy of Language?", in Crasnow and Superson 2012: 245–285.

- Ayer, A. J. (1946) Language, Truth and Logic, 2nd edn. London: Victor Gollancz.

- Frege, G.(1892/1952b) “On Sense and Reference.” In M. Black and P. Geach (eds.)
(1952) Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege. Oxford: Basil

- Grice, H. P. (1957) “Meaning.” Philosophical Review 66: 377–88.

- Hornsby, J. "Feminism in philosophy of language: Communicative speech acts", in Fricker and Hornsby 2000: 87–106.

- Kripke, S. (1972/1980) Naming and Necessity. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University

- Quine, W. V. (1951) “Two Dogmas of Empiricism.” Philosophical Review 60: 20–43.

- Russell, B. (1905/1956) “On Denoting.” Mind 14: 479–93.

- Russell, B. (1957) “Mr. Strawson on Referring.” Mind 66(263): 385-389.

- Searle, J. R. (1958) “Proper Names.” Mind 67: 166–73.

- Searle, J.R. (1965) “What Is a Speech Act?” In M. Black (ed.), Philosophy in America. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

- Strawson, P.F. (1950) “On Referring.” Mind 59: 320–44.

- Wittgenstein, L. (1922), Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

- Wittgenstein, L. (1953) Philosophical Investigations, trans. G. E. M. Anscombe.
Oxford: Basil Blackwell.