PHIL 605 - Seminar in Logic
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be elected three times for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This will be an advanced investigation of issues in foundations of pragmatics -- that is, of language use.

The course will concentrate on the classical readings on this topic: Paul Grice on speaker meaning and implicature, and David Lewis on convention and on "Language and Languages." A typical philosophical project, which has appeared in several different forms, attempts to explain linguistic meaning in terms of language use. If the course is successful, we will learn that this is much more difficult than even very accomplished philosophers have assumed, and that such a reduction may even be impossible. As well as this issue we will explore on others, such as the nature of conversational cooperation and speech acts.

The plan of the course may be modified in light of student interest. Almost certainly, we will turn occasionally to more recent work in philosophy of language. We may also read some related work in psycholinguistics and in the design of conversational agents.

Course Requirements:

Students in this course are expected to contribute substantially to discussion, and to write either two short or one longer paper on a topic related to the course.

PHIL 605 - Seminar in Logic
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