• Offered by School of Philosophy
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Philosophy
  • Areas of interest Philosophy
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person

In this course, we will cover some of the main themes in the philosophy of language. We shall look at the topics of sense and reference, definite descriptions, proper names, metaphor, and belief. We shall examine the views of leading philosophers of language of the past 100 years (Frege, Quine, Kripke and Davidson).

Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Explain some major issues in the Philosophy of Language.
  2. Express and expound views and pre-suppositions clearly and lucidly.
  3. Understand and critically evaluate theories, arguments and pre-suppositions in the Philosophy of Language.
  4. Analyse and critically evaluate arguments rigorously.

Indicative Assessment

Two 2500 word essays (Learning outcomes 1-4)

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Workload

2 hrs per lectures per week (26 hours total)
1 hour of tutorial per week (12 tutorials total)
7 hours of independent reading per week plus preparation of assessment tasks. Total of 130 hours over semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of Philosophy (PHIL) or Linguistics (LING) Courses, or by permission of course convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PHIL3056.

Prescribed Texts

Lycan, W. Philosophy of Language (Routledge)

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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