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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Philosophy

Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Language (PHIL11022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand some core problems in the philosophy of language.
  2. deploy logical and formal methods in the service of philosophical problems.
  3. develop of general analytical skills.
  4. have an acquaintance with various historical and current views on central issues in the philosophy of language.
Reading List
In addition to online papers reading will include the following book:
Kripke, Naming and Necessity
Additional Information
Course URL 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.
Keywordsmeaning,reference,names,indexicals
Contacts
Course organiserDr Brian Rabern
Tel:
Email: brian.rabern@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
Email: Rebecca.Verdon@ed.ac.uk
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