Spring 2018 - PHIL 332 D100

Selected Topics (3)

Foundations of Semantics

Class Number: 12331

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 4120, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 22, 2018
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    As stated by department at time of offering.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

May be repeated for credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

Selected Topics: The Foundations of Semantics

Prerequisites:  PHIL 110 or similar or permission of the instructor.

[Note: this course is to be taught concurrently with COGS 300.]

In this course, we contrast different approaches to the semantics of natural language. In particular, we will consider:

- Truth conditional theories of meaning
- “Use” theories of meaning
- Non-cognitivism in ethics
- Skepticism about semantic theory

Many of the readings will be classic works in the philosophy of language; however, we assume throughout that the philosophy of language should be informed by research in linguistics and psychology.

Grading

  • Weekly short writing assignments

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Readings will be provided by the instrcutor.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Students should consider looking at Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics, by Paul Elbourne in advance, but this is not required.

Registrar Notes:

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