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Unformatted text preview: PHIL/MCOM/LALS 2504A Language and Communication Eros Corazza Carleton University Department of Philosophy 1 Term: Meetings: meetings) Winter 2007 Tuesdays 2:35­5:25 (12 First Meeting: January 9 2007 Last Meeting: April 3 2007 NO class on March 6 2007 2 Venue: Instructor: Office: Office h.: Phone: Email: MC 5050 Eros Corazza Paterson Hall 3A41 by appointment 520­2600 Ext: 2326 [email protected]; [email protected] 3 Essay Deadline: March 6 2007 Exam: exam period 4 Class Description We shall begin by discussing some central topics of Frege’s philosophy of language. The main topics discussed will be: Frege’s sense/reference distinction, Frege’s theory of thought, Frege’s anti­psychologism and Frege’s theory of demonstratives. To understand the importance of Frege’s contribution we will focus on Dummett’s interpretation. 5 We shall then discuss some central topics from Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations and the way they have been perceived within the philosophical community. 6 Finally, we shall look at the direct reference theory of proper names (Kripke, Donnellan, …) and the direct reference theory of indexicals (Kaplan, Perry, …). We shall pay particular attention to the notion of context and the way our linguistic interchange exploits it in order to single out objects of discourse. In so doing we shall see how direct reference deals with Frege’s and Wittgenstein’s conceptions of language. 7 Requirements It is mandatory to have a Carleton student “connect” account and to register on WebCT. 8 Assignments One short essay and a final (2 h.) exam Short Essay (1500 words maximum) Weight: 30% Final exam (answer 2 questions out of 5 or 6) Weight: 70% 9 Due Assignement Short Essay: March 6, 2007 Final exam: Exam Period (a 2 h. exam) 10 Texts Recommended In bold characters the texts you must read. The other texts mentioned are extremely helpful in understanding and appreciating the text you must read. 11 On Frege Beaney, M. (ed.), 1997, The Frege Reader, Blackwell, “On Sinn and Bedeutung” (p.151­71) and “Thought” (p.325­345) Dummett, M., 1973, Frege Philosophy of Language, Oxford UP, ch. 5, ch. 6, ch. 11 Dummett, M., 1981, The Interpretation of Frege’s Philosophy of Language, Oxford UP, ch. 6, ch. 10 12 Dummett, M., 1993, The Origins of Analytical Philosophy, Harvard UP, ch. 2, ch. 4, ch. 10, ch. 13 Perry, J., 1977, “Frege on Demonstratives”, in Perry, J., 1994, The Problem of the Essential Indexical, Oxford UP, ch. 1 13 On Wittgenstein Wittgenstein, L. Philosophical Investigations, Blackwell Marie McGinn, 1997, Wittgenstein and the Philosophical Investigations, Routledge Backer, G.P. & Hacker, P.M.S, 1980, Wittgenstein: Meaning and Understanding Vol. 1, Blackwell 14 Backer, G.P. & Hacker, P.M.S, 1985, Wittgenstein: Rules, Grammar and Necessity Vol. 2, Blackwell Hacker, P.M.S, 1990, Wittgenstein: Meaning and Mind Vol. 3, Blackwell 15 On Direct Reference Corazza, E., 2004, Reflecting the Mind, Oxford UP, Oxford Kaplan, D., 1977, “Demonstratives”, in Almog, J. et als. (eds.), 1989, Themes From Kaplan, Oxford UP, pp. 481­563 16 Kaplan, D, 1989, “Afterthought”, in Almog, J. et als. (eds.), 1989, Themes From Kaplan, Oxford UP, pp. 565­614 Perry, J., 2001, Reference and Reflexivity, CSLI Publications, Stanford Wettstein, H., 2004, The Magic Prism, Oxford UP, Oxford 17 Essay Topic You should write one essay of 1500 words (or 6 typewritten double­spaced pages) maximum on one of the following four questions: 1. Is the following inference valid? (a) Mary believes that Hespherus is a star (b) Hesperus is Phosphorus (c) Mary believes that Phosphorus is a star Why? 18 2. What’s the difference between Frege and Dummett’s Frege? 3. Explain and evaluate Frege’s anti­ psychologism. 4. Discuss and evaluate Wittgenstein’s critique of the Augustinian picture. 19 ...
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