This course will focus on two perennial problems in the philosophy of language: (i) how to distinguish what is said by an utterance from what is conveyed in some other, more roundabout way, and (ii) what is distinctive about the first-person perspective, and what role it plays in explaining our representations and our actions. The course will be organized around two new monographs by philosophers of language, one recently published, the other forthcoming. We will also read some classic and contemporary papers by both philosophers of language and linguists. The aim of the course is to offer a sense of the kinds of problems philosophers of language address, and the tools they use to address them.
Assessment for the course will be based on papers and in-class presentations. Through the semester, we will attempt several different kinds of philosophical writing, and work on the tools required to succeed with each.
Upper-level students with some experience with Philosophy
Course meetings will be conducted as seminar discussions.