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  PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
Offered Spring 2004

V83.0085-001

MW 4:55-6:10
570 Waverly

Professor:
Gary Ostertag

Office:
503 Silver Center

Hours:
W 6:15-7:15, and by appointment

TA:
Declan Smithies

Office:
503 Silver Center

Hours:
F 1-2, and by appointment

Course Description
The course provides an introduction to analytical philosophy of language by focusing on a number of fundamental topics. We begin by discussing various accounts of the nature of meaning; we then turn to the theory of descriptions and, finally, the theory of reference. Along the way we'll discuss such topics as: logical vs. grammatical form; the theory of speech acts; the nature of linguistic context-sensitivity, the semantics-pragmatics distinction, etc.

Evaluation
Evaluation will be based upon three or four short papers and a final examination

Plagiarism
Any work that is submitted as your own but written in whole or in part by someone else counts as plagiarism. Plagiarism results in an F for the course and is subject to further disciplinary action.

Schedule of Readings and Assignments



Required Texts:
Ayer, Language, Truth and Logic. Dover.

Ostertag, Definite Descriptions: A Reader. MIT Press.

Richard, Meaning. Blackwell.

Stainton, Perspectives in the Philosophy of Language. Broadview Press


Optional:
Soames, Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volume 1: The Dawn of Analysis. Princeton University Press.


Reserve List:

Soames, Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: The Age of Meaning.

All texts (besides Ayer and Richard) are on reserve; Richard is in Reference.









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