PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE

Hunter College | Fall 2016 | Taught by Daniel Harris (email)

Syllabus  |  Commenting Instructions

Mondays Thursdays
August 29
Introduction

August 29
John Locke: Of Words

September 1
John Stuart Mill: Of Names

Slides on Locke and Mill
September 5
No Class (Labor Day)
September 8
Frege: Sense and Reference

Slides on Frege
September 12
Bertrand Russell: Descriptions

Bertrand Russell: Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Description

September 8
Kripke: Naming and Necessity (excerpt)

September 19
Paul Elbourne: Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics, chs.1-3

September 22
Hilary Putnam: Meaning and Reference

(Slides on Kripke, Putnam, Elbourne)
September 26
Putnam and Elbourne (continued.)

September 29
Lila Gleitman and Elissa Newport: The Invention of Language by Children

Slides on Gleitman and Newport
October 3
No Class
October 6
Richard Larson: Grammar as Science (excerpt)

October 10
No Class
October 13
Chapters 4–5 of Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics, by Elbourne

October 17
Chapters 4–5 of Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics, by Elbourne (continued)

October 20
Chapter 6 of Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics, by Elbourne

October 24
Richard Larson: Semantics
October 27
Chapter 7 of Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics, by Elbourne

October 31
Chapter 7 of Meaning: A Slim Guide to Semantics, by Elbourne (continued)

November 3
Class Canceled
November 7
Ludwig Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations
November 10
Grice: Logic and Conversation

Stephen Neale: Paul Grice and the Philosophy of Language (read sections 1-3)
November 14
H. P. Grice: Meaning Stephen Neale: Paul Grice and the Philosophy of Language (read sections 4-6)
November 17
We'll continue to talk about Grice. Please check out these related readings by psychologists:

Susan Carey: Core Cognition: Agency

Paul Bloom: Precis of How Children Learn the Meanings of Words (especially section 6)
November 21
(Grice, Carey, Bloom continued)

Grice Slides
November 24
No Class (Thanksgiving)
November 28
Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone: Against Metaphorical Meaning

Elisabeth Camp: Metaphor and that Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

December 1
Elisabeth Camp: Metaphor and that Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

December 5
Elisabeth Camp: Slurring Perspectives
December 8
Geoff Nunberg: The Social Life of Slurs

Jeremy Waldron: The Harm in Hate Speech (Read at least ch.1)
December 12
TBD