Philosophy of Language
University of Washington
For a copy of this syllabus in PDF format,
A. P. Martinich. ed.: The Philosophy of Language: Fifth Edition (Oxford:
2008). All page references below are to this book.
David Kaplan, Demonstratives, available
here (as a PDF file).
TOPICS AND READINGS
Topics: Introduction to philosophy of language; basic terms and concepts;
review of first-order predicate logic with identity.
Reading: Introduction, pp. 1-28, Tarski: The Semantic Conception of Truth
§§1-11, pp. 85-93; Handout on Logic;
Handout on Translation
- Introduction to Part I, pp. 32-35
- H. P. Grice: Meaning, pp. 108-113
3. Sense and Denotation
- Introduction to Part III, pp. 209-216
- Gottlob Frege: On Sense and Nominatum, pp.217-229
The Thought: A Logical Inquiry, pp. 36-49
4. Definite Descriptions
Bertrand Russell: On Denoting, pp. 230-238
Bertrand Russell: Descriptions, pp. 239-245
P. F. Strawson: On Referring, pp. 246-260
Bertrand Russell: Mr. Strawson on Referring, pp. 261-264
Keith Donnellan: Reference and Definite Descriptions, pp. 265-277
Introduction to Part IV, pp. 279-283
- John Stuart Mill: Of Names, pp.
Saul Kripke: Naming and Necessity, pp. 290-305
Hilary Putnam: Meaning and Reference, pp.
Gareth Evans: The Causal Theory of Names, pp.
John Searle: Proper Names and Intentionality, pp.
6. Demonstratives and Indexicals
David Kaplan: Dthat, pp. 343-356
David Kaplan: Demonstratives (excerpts)
John Perry: The Problem of the Essential Indexical, pp. 366-376
7. Propositional Attitudes
- Introduction to Part V, pp. 379-382
- W. V. O. Quine: Quantifiers and Propositional Attitudes, pp. 383-388
David Kaplan: Quantifying In, pp. 399-419
Saul Kripke: A Puzzle about Belief, pp. 433-459
8. Speech Acts
- Introduction to Part II, pp. 131-135
- H. P. Grice: Logic and Conversation, pp. pp. 171-181
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
Your grade for this course will be determined by an in-class mid-term exam
and a final project, which will be either a take-home exam or a 2500-3500 word (10-12 page) term
paper. If you choose the term paper option, the choice of topic is yours, provided
that it is related to the issues and philosophers treated in this course. (Check
with me if you are in any doubt about whether your topic is appropriate.) Due
date for the final project is Monday, December 8.
Graduate students in philosophy and undergraduates taking the course for (optional)
W (writing) credit are required to write a term paper; all others may choose
either the paper or take-home exam option.
If you are taking the course for W-credit, you must submit a preliminary draft,
proposal, abstract, or outline of the paper by November 13. Your final draft
should respond to the comments I give you on the preliminary draft.
|Mid term exam study questions posted
|Mid term exam
|Preliminary draft of paper (for
those chosing the W option)
|| November 13
|Final exam questions posted
|| December 1
|Term paper due
|| December 8
|Final exam due
|| December 8
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