Philosophy of Language

Module code: V5021
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Analyse and critically evaluate different theoretical positions concerning key topics in the philosophy of language covered in this module.
  • Systematically understand the ideas and arguments presented by key philosophers covered in this module.
  • Develop and defend views on the core topics.
  • Demonstrate analytical and argumentative skills.