Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Language (PHIL11022)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course concerns themes centring around "context sensitivity" in language.
Shared with undergraduate course PHIL10005 Philosophy of Language.
For courses co-taught with undergraduate students and with no remaining undergraduate spaces left, a maximum of 8 MSc students can join the course. Priority will be given to MSc students who wish to take the course for credit on a first come first served basis after matriculation.
This course is an introduction to some central themes in the philosophy of language┐with a primarily focus on the relationship between meaning and reference. We will study a range of classical and contemporary theories about the semantics of referring expressions such as proper names, definite descriptions, and indexicals. Throughout we will explore some of the far-reaching consequences that the issues concerning meaning and reference have for broader philosophical questions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. Weekly question 10 x 300 words (40%)
2. End-of-semester essay of 2,500 words (60%)
Final essay deadline: Monday 17th April 2017 by 12 noon
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
Return deadline: Tuesday 9th May 2017
||Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay by week 6 deadline on Turnitin via Learn. The essay cannot be draft of summative essay but it can be on the same topic.
Formative essay deadline: Thursday 2nd March 2017 by 12 noon
Return deadline: Friday 24th March 2017
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand some core problems in the philosophy of language.
- deploy logical and formal methods in the service of philosophical problems.
- develop of general analytical skills.
- have an acquaintance with various historical and current views on central issues in the philosophy of language.
|In addition to online papers reading will include the following book:|
Kripke, Naming and Necessity
||Please see Learn page
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Development of general analytical and problem solving skills, and an ability to do independent writing and research.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Taught by Dr Brian Rabern
|Course organiser||Dr Brian Rabern
|Course secretary||Miss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
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