PHIL 402 - Undergraduate Seminar in Philosophy
Section: 004 Conditional Thought and Talk
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Enforced Prerequisites:
Philosophy concentrators only.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Language is for communicating, sharing what we know with others. But how is this possible? We will begin by studying the most common answer to this question (an answer that is the backbone for much of contemporary research in both philosophy and linguistics). Then we will look at the specific phenomenon of conditional thought and conditional talk. We certainly can think such thoughts as "If the Democrats win Florida this time around, they'll take the White House" and "If kangaroos had no tails they would topple over". And we certainly can communicate and share such conditional thoughts. But how is this possible? The answer here is not easy: it is hard to fit such conditional thought and talk into the most common answer for how we manage to communicate by sharing what we know. That is because it's harder to say what such expressions mean, there is disagreement about whether or not they are even the kinds of things that can be true, there is no consensus about what it means to believe such things. The goal of the seminar is to survey the philosophical issues that relate to these open problems about conditional thought and talk. There will be regular short writing assignments, and two more substantial writing assignments.

PHIL 402 - Undergraduate Seminar in Philosophy
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
23122
Open
1
3PHIL Ugrd
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Tu 9:30AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
12740
Open
10
11PHIL Ugrd
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W 9:30AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
P
28618
Open
3
3PHIL Ugrd
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M 2:30PM - 4:30PM
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