Research Topic in Philosophy of Language
Level of Study
Fall in odd year
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
Philosophy has at all times been concerned with the question of what role language plays for knowledge, for grounding and for how we perceive the world around us. Recently, questions about linguistic meaning and reference and about the relation between language, communication, logic, thinking, experience and fiction have been central issues. Since the beginning of the last century, many have also seen linguistic analysis as the basic method of philosophy. Thus, it is essential to be conversant with modern philosophy of language in order to orientate oneself in contemporary philosophy.
FIL345 will give students an overview of important basic concepts, arguments and positions in philosophy of language. The main focus is on issues in contemporary philosophy, but it will often be relevant to start from philosophical works and positions from older times.
After completing the course, the students will be able to convey central theories and problems within the philosophy of language and see the relevance of these in other contexts. The course will provide a basis for further studies in philosophy at bachelor level.
After completing the course, the students will have a good knowledge of important basic concepts, arguments and positions in modern philosophy of language.
After completing the course, the students should be knowledgable of and be able to convey insight into basic problems and arguments within the philosophy of language in different contexts.
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor degree with 90 credits specializing in philosophy or equivalent.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
A good proficiency in English is necessary since it ought to be assumed that much of the prescribed reading will be in English.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
A condition for entry into this course is having been accepted for the Masters programme in philosophy.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching is offered in the form of lectures and/or seminars.
The number of gatherings may be reduced if the number of students attending the course is less than 4. In that case, the students will be compensated with individual or group tutoring.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
An approval of compulsory requirements is valid for three semesters, including the semester in which the approval is given.
Submission of a draft of the semester assignment paper before supervision.
Supervision of the semester assignment.
Forms of Assessment
A supervised semester assignment paper of 4000- 6000 words (not including table of contents, list of references etc.) The topic of the paper must be approved in advance by the teacher of the course. . The semester assignment paper will be assessed at the end of the semester.
Exams in the course are held every semester.
The compulsory activities have to be formally approved before one can take an exam in the course.
The compulsory requirements have to be formally approved in a semester in which there is teaching in the relevant course in order to register for the examination in a semester in which there is no teaching in that course.
From A to F
There is a fixed reading list which the student, in cooperation with the teacher, is supposed to supply with additional reading.
The teaching will be evaluated from time to time.