Philosophy | Special Topics in Philosophy
P470 | 3599 | Toribio-Mateas

Topic: Philosophy of Language.  Course meets with P520, Philosophy of

Course Description:

This course examines the relationships between language and
cognition. Topics include: What is the nature of language? How is it
acquired? What are the cognitive and computational underpinnings of
various kinds of linguistic skill? How does the ability to use words
enhance human reasoning? How does language relate to nonlinguistic
experience? What kinds of investigation (e.g. philosophical, socio-
cultural, neuroscientific) are appropriate for the understanding of
language? The course also explores key concepts such as syntax,
semantics, truth, reference, and content. The issues are approached
from multiple perspectives, including those of analytic philosophy
and cognitive science.

Sample Texts:

Peter Carruthers and Jill Boucher (eds.) (1998) Language and Thought.
Interdisciplinary Themes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Andy Clark & Josefa Toribio (eds.) (1998) Artificial Intelligence and
Cognitive Science. Volume 4: Language and Meaning in Cognitive
Science. New York & London: Garland Publishing Inc.

P. Hanson (ed.) (1990) Information, Language and Cognition, British
Columbia UP.


-	Short essays based on compulsory reading assignments.
-	Two take-home exams. There will not be a final exam in this


	Each exam will be of equal value in computing the course
grade. The exams will constitute 75% of the final grade; short
essays, the remaining 25%.