2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PHIL 242 - Philosophy of Language


A philosophical examination of topics concerning the character and meaning of referring expressions and propositions. We focus on the nature of reference and meaning in the case of names, indexicals, and natural kind terms. Representative readings include works by Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Strawson, Quine, Putnam, Kaplan, and Kripke (namely, Naming and Necessity). Some background in logic is very helpful though not strictly necessary.

Prerequisites: Two courses in philosophy.

Anticipated Terms Offered: Offered periodically