Schedule and Readings

22/1 Intro: What Is the Philosophy of Language? (Powerpoint)
24/1 The Idea Theory of Meaning (Powerpoint)
Reading: Book III Chapters i-iv, ix-xi, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding.

29/1 NO CLASS: Sick Instructor
31/1 NO CLASS: Lunar New Year

5/2 NO CLASS: Lunar New Year
7/2 Problems for the Idea Theory (Powerpoint)
Reading: Nelson Goodman, Part I “Reality Remade,” Languages of Art.

12/2 The Verificationist Theory of Meaning (Powerpoint)
Reading: Rudolf Carnap, “The Elimination of Metaphysics through Logical Analysis of Language.”
14/2 Problems for Verificationism (Powerpoint)
Reading: Carl Hempel, “Empiricist Criteria of Cognitive Significance: Problems and Changes.”

19/2 Definitions (Powerpoint)
Reading: Fodor, Garrett, Walker & Parkes, Part I of “Against Definitions.”
21/2 The Causal-Historical Theory of Meaning (Powerpoint)
Reading: Saul Kripke, Lecture II Naming and Necessity

26/2 NO CLASS: Sports Day
28/2 Problems for the Causal Theory (Powerpoint)
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Reading: Gareth Evans, “The Causal Theory of Names.”
Paper #1 assigned

5/3 Language as a Coordination Problem (Powerpoint)
Reading: TBA
7/3 Conventions (Powerpoint)
Reading: TBA

12/3 The Use Theory of Meaning (Powerpoint)
Reading: Chapter 3, “Meaning,” from Paul Horwich, Meaning.
14/3 Problems for the Use Theory (Powerpoint)

19/3 Compositionality (Powerpoint)
Reading: Michael Johnson, “Compositionality.”
21/3 Compositionality Continued (Powerpoint)
Reading Continued

26/3 Propositional Attitudes (Powerpoint)
28/3 Propositional Attitudes Continued (Powerpoint)
Paper 2 Assigned

2/4 Meanings as Senses
Reading: Gottlob Frege, “On Sense and Reference.”
4/4 Problems with Senses (Powerpoint)

9/4 Grice on Implicature
Reading: H.P. Grice, “Logic and Conversation”
11/4 Neo-Gricean Linguistics (Powerpoint)

16/4 Speech Acts (Powerpoint)
Reading: John Searle, Part I, Chapter 3, “The Structure of Illocutionary Acts,” Speech Acts.
18/4 NO CLASS: Easter

23/4 The Semantic Paradoxes
Reading: W.V.O. Quine, “The Ways of Paradox,” in his The Ways of Paradox and Other Essays (Revised Edition).
25/4 The Semantic Paradoxes Continued (Powerpoint)
Reading Continued
Final Paper Assigned Due 16/5

30/4 The Problematic De Se (Powerpoint)
Reading: David Lewis, “Attitudes De Dicto and De Se.”
No Reading