Language and the World

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language and the World

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Modern Languages, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 PHIL pts, inlcuding 20 from PHIL 200-399;

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines the conceptual development of the theories of meaning and reference to the present. We discuss the problem of interpreting what others say and the role of context in the understanding of language.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. Understand and explain the central theories of reference and meaning of 20th Century
    2. Construct arguments to reject or support some of these theories.
    3. Understand the problems of metaphor, indirect speech acts, and truth and explain their
    importance for philosophy of language and for philosophy more generally.

    1st essay- 30%
    2nd essay- 30%
    3rd essay- 30%
    Lecture & Tutorial Participation- 10%

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