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PHIL2621: Truth, Meaning and Language

2022 unit information

This unit covers central issues in contemporary philosophy of language, such as the relationship between language and the world, the nature of meaning and truth, problems involved in interpreting and understanding the speech of others, the role of context in determining meaning, and the nature of metaphor.

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Code PHIL2621
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. This unit of study will introduce students to fundamental philosophical issues concerning meaning and language. The first half of the course will take an unorthodox route through ordinary language philosophy in order to recover its lost insights. In the second half we will consider scientific and transcendental versions of the idea that meaning is use. Generically, this unit of study should help to impart new forms of understanding (especially new ways of looking at ordinary language and questions of meaning), enhance critical thinking skills, and facilitate the ability to speak and write clearly, rationally and succinctly.
  • LO2. Read, understand and critically engage with philosophical texts both historical and contemporary.
  • LO3. Identify, formulate and assess philosophical problems and demonstrate an understanding of important conceptual distinctions.
  • LO4. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of important conceptual distinctions (such as truth vs knowledge, causation vs correlation, relativism vs pluralism) and an ability to apply them.
  • LO5. Express themselves precisely and demonstrate an ability to make rationally persuasive arguments.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote

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