Philosophy of Language (V5021)
15 credits, Level 5
In this module, you focus on the nature of language in general and the meaning of particular kinds of expression.
You look at influential works of the analytic tradition by Frege, Russell, Quine, Grice, Kripke, Putnam and Davidson.
You consider the meaning of words, for example:
- whether we should distinguish between sense or cognitive significance and reference
- how we manage to refer to things
- how to make sense of claims about necessity and about what people think
- how names and naturalkind terms work
- how we might respond to scepticism about meaning.
100%: Written assessment (Essay)
Contact hours and workload
We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.
This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses: