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Syllabus - Graduate Seminar in Philosophy of Language...

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Graduate Seminar in Philosophy of Language: Themes from Kripkenstein Draft of syllabus Prof. Matti Eklund Semester: Fall 2009 Office: 225 Goldwin Smith Hall Email: [email protected] Office hours: TBA Hours: M 7:30-9:30 Room: 181 Goldwin Smith Hall Introduction : The course will be focused loosely on Kripke’s book Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language . Part of what we will do is to go through and evaluate the arguments of that book. But we will also look at Wittgenstein himself, and what others have made of Wittgenstein’s rule-following considerations, as well as discusss debates in the literature spawned by Kripke’s book. Texts : Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations . Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1958. Saul Kripke, Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language , Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1982. Alexander Miller and Crispin Wright (eds.), Rule-Following and Meaning , McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal & Kingston, 2002. Outline : We will be discussing many intricately related themes. This makes exact planning somewhat hard. To some extent, we will just have to see where the discussion takes us. But in general, here is what we will do. The first few weeks, we will focus fairly closely on Kripke’s Wittgenstein, and I will aim to give an overview of the theoretical map. Later in the semester, we will branch out more, looking at other themes and the ideas of other theorists, and also look more closely at some of the texts. The things to read for the first few weeks are Kripke’s book (all of it, I’m afraid), the relevant parts from the Philosophical Investigations , and some of the important articles on Kripke (start with the Blackburn, Goldfarb and Boghossian articles in the Miller & Wright book).
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