PHIL 345 - Language and Mind
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
One philosophy course with at least a C-.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Ready for twenty questions?

  • What do "mental" and "linguistic" mean?
  • Is there a world independent of mind and language?
  • How widespread are minds and languages (e.g., animals, plants, fetuses, ...)?
  • Are there minds independent of language?
  • Does thinking require talking to oneself?
  • Are there thoughts that can't be expressed in language?
  • Does one think in a special kind of "brain language"?
  • How can one communicate more than "literal" meaning?
  • Why can't we communicate better?
  • Can two minds or languages share meanings exactly?
  • Can our messy language use be studied scientifically?
  • What makes an ink mark or sound wave "mean" stuff?
  • Could machines really understand language?
  • What makes a thought or brain state be "about" stuff?
  • Could machines really think?
  • What does "conscious" mean?
  • How can we account for the "inner feel" of mental states?
  • Could machines really be conscious?
  • How can you resist taking this course?

Class Format:

3 hrs of lecture with discussion/week

PHIL 345 - Language and Mind
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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