PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

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Code
65030
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

9 credits during the 3nd year of 8457 Letters and Humanities (L-10) GENOVA

6 credits during the nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA

9 credits during the 3nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA

9 credits during the 2nd year of 9917 HISTORICAL SCIENCES (LM-84) GENOVA

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 informations. 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

VERY IMPORTANT: the course presupposes the knowledge of logic.

Teaching methods

The lessons will be online on Teams. To subscribe to the Philosophy of Language group use the following code: c6n7vxp

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. Classes will be on-line. More details will be uploaded on aulaweb.

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, necessity, a priori/a posteriori

 

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

Ricevimento: Monday 13-15 hours, via Balbi 30, 7° floor

Exam Board

MASSIMILIANO VIGNOLO (President)

FILIPPO DOMANESCHI

VALERIA OTTONELLI

FABIO PATRONE

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The lessons will be online on Teams. To subscribe to the Philosophy of Language group use the following code: c6n7vxp

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. Classes will be on-line. More details will be uploaded on aulaweb.

LESSONS START

Monday, September 21, 2020

The lessons will be online on Teams. To subscribe to the Philosophy of Language group use the following code: c6n7vxp

Timetable:

Monday: 15-17

Tuesday: 15-17

Friday: 15-17

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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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
14/12/2020 11:00 GENOVA Orale
15/01/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
01/02/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
10/05/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
31/05/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
14/06/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
05/07/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
06/09/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale