Analytic Philosophy ||

Course Code: 
Spring Semester
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Course Outline

This introductory course to the philosophy of language presents the problem of referential meaning in relative detail (weeks 1-8) and then gives an overview of the problem of sentence meaning (weeks 9-13). First, the theories of Frege, Russell, Quine, Kripke on the reference of proper names and referring descriptions are explained. Then three accounts of sentence meaning are presented: verificationism; the principle of compositionality (as applied by Davidson and outlined by Lycan); the theory that the meanings of sentences are logical propositions. 

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