Philosophy of Language

Course Number: 
HSL856
LTP structure: 
3-0-0
Discipline: 
Philosophy
Credit: 
3.0

Pre-requisite

Course Objective

This course concentrates on philosophical attempts to understand the concepts of reference, meaning, truth, the nature and presuppositions of communicative exchange. These are intensely debated topics in contemporary philosophy of language and the course aims a critical study of some of the classical papers around the above topics in the field that would enable the student to understand the nuances of the debates and engage with them .

Course Content

The course is a study of four major topics: Reference and Descriptions; Truth and Meaning; Pragmatics and Speech Acts; Language and Metaphor. The course covers analyses of the following specific concepts: Sense, Reference, Descriptions, Proper Names, Natural Kind Terms, Truth, Intentional semantics, Communicative Utterances; Figurative Speech.
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