Philosophy | Philosophy and Language
P320 | 3596 | Savion


Are meanings “fixed” objectively, or as they “in the head”?  Is the
meaning of a word/sentence independent on an act of communication?
What is the place of truth and of social convention in a theory of
meaning?  Are conversations governed by logical rules?  This course
focuses on the major conceptual tools and ideas used in developing
theories of meaning.

Knowledge of elementary logic is helpful, but not necessary.  Final
grade is based on several short essay assignments, class
presentations, group work, and a final exam.

The required text is The Philosophy of Language, by A.P. Martinich.