PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

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Code
65030
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5)
9 credits during the 3nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10)
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10)
6 credits during the nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11)
9 credits during the 3nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11)
9 credits during the 2nd year of 9917 HISTORICAL SCIENCES (LM-84)
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-FIL/05
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophy)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The (analytical) philosophy of language is the study of the most general properties that make linguistic expressions the main tools we have at our disposal to describe reality and communicate information. The philosophers of language study the properties that make words have a certain meaning. The philosophers of language study these constitutive properties of meaning not from the etymological point of view but from the metaphysical one: in what the meaning of a word consists.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide students with the basics of the philosophy of language. In particular, the teaching focuses on the notion of true-conditional meaning, namely the idea that the meaning of a statement is given by its conditions of truth and the meaning of a word by its contribution to the truth conditions of the statements in which it occurs as a constituent part.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course students will be able to master the basics of the philosophy of language, in particular the basics of the true-conditional semantics with double index that is used to study the meaning of large fragments of natural languages. Students will also master the notions of reference and denotation, and the notion of direct reference, which are not only central to current debates within the philosophy of language, but are also fundamental conceptual tools used by analytical philosophers in other areas of research, from metaphysics to epistemology. Students will acquire the competence to start autonomous study of essays of philosophy of language.

 

PREREQUISITES

The course presupposes the knowledge of logic.

Teaching methods

Teaching mainly involves standard lectures. Compatibly with the time that will remain available, some hours can be dedicated to the reading and discussion of classic articles of philosophy of language.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Program
Part 1
Gottlob Frege and the origins of the analytical philosophy of language
Part 2
Key concepts of formal semantics
Part 3
Singular terms, reference and denotation
Part 4
Reference and necessity

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Vignolo, M., e Frixione, M., 2018. Filosofia del Linguaggio, Milano: Mondadori.

Any in-depth articles will be decided together with the students during the lessons.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Carlo Penco

Office hours for students: Thursday 14-16. Just write me for an appointment.

Exam Board

FILIPPO DOMANESCHI

MARCELLO FRIXIONE

VALERIA OTTONELLI

FABIO PATRONE

CARLO PENCO (President)

MASSIMILIANO VIGNOLO (President)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Teaching mainly involves standard lectures. Compatibly with the time that will remain available, some hours can be dedicated to the reading and discussion of classic articles of philosophy of language.

LESSONS START

24 September 2018
Monday/ Tuesday / Thursday

Monday: H 15-17, room B, Polo didattico Fontane

Tuesday: H 15-17, room L, Polo didattico Fontane

Thursday: H 15-17, room L, Polo didattico Fontane

EXAMS

Exam description

Students can choose between written test or oral exam

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed on the basis of (i) knowledge of the contents covered during the course, (ii) ability to analyze and reconstruct philosophical arguments, and (iii) appropriateness in the use of philosophical language.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
03/06/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale Prof. Vignolo Locali DAFIST; via Balbi 30, 7° piano
17/06/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale Prof. Vignolo Locali DAFIST; via Balbi 30, 7° piano
20/06/2019 10:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si svolgerà alla mattina in via Balbi 30, 7° piano, dalle 8.30 in poi. E' possibile che ci dovremo spostare di sede. Sospenderò gli esami alle 13 per riprendere alle 16.
20/06/2019 10:00 GENOVA Orale
08/07/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale Prof. Vignolo Locali DAFIST; via Balbi 30, 7° piano
09/09/2019 10:00 GENOVA Orale L'esame si svolgerà alla mattina in via Balbi 30, 7° piano, dalle 8.30 in poi. E' possibile che ci dovremo spostare di sede. Sospenderò gli esami alle 13 per riprendere alle 16.
09/09/2019 10:00 GENOVA Orale
09/09/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale Prof. Vignolo Locali DAFIST; via Balbi 30, 7° piano