JAN 25 (F)

Introduction

Jan 29 (T) & Feb 1 (F)

1. Frege on Sense and Reference

Main Readings

Other Readings

Feb 5 (T) & Feb 8 (F)

2. Russell's Theory of Descriptions

Main Readings

Additional Readings

Feb 15 (F) & Feb 19 (T)

3. Verificationism and Logical Empiricism

Main Readings

Additional Readings

Feb 22 (F) & Mar 1 (F)

4. Quine

Main Readings

Additional Readings

Mar 8 (F) & Mar 12 (T)

5. Late Wittgenstein

Main Readings

Additional Readings

Note: CLASS CANCELLED on Tuesday, March 5th

Mar 15 (F) & Mar 19 (T)

6. Austin on Speech Acts

Main Readings

March 22 (F) & March 26 (T)

7. Grice on Meaning

Main Readings

  • Paul Grice: 'Meaning'
  • Thom Scott-Phillips: Speaking Our Minds, ch.1 (note: this is an epub file, so you'll need an e-reader app to read it. Apple iBooks works, but there are also many free options available. I couldn't find a PDF of this book.)

Additional Readings

March 29 (F)

8. Grice on Implicature

Main Readings

Additional Readings


NOTE: We will spend only one day on this unit.

April 2 (T) & April 9 (T)

9. New Theories of Reference

Main Readings

Additional Readings


My Slides on Kripke and Putnam

NOTE: There will be no class on Friday, April 5.

April 12 (F) & April 16 (T)

10. Generative Linguistics

Main Readings

Additional Readings

April 30 (T) & May 3 (F)

11. The Limits of Effability

Main Readings

Additional Readings

May 7 (T) & May 10 (F)

12. Language and Thought

Main Readings



Note: On May 10th, instead of our usual class, you are invited on a field trip to the Varieties of Intentionality conference at the New School, where Jake Quilty Dunn will be presenting on Elisabeth Camp's paper, 'Putting Thoughts to Work', and Camp will be responding. You can attend as much of this conference as you like, but You can write a short (2-page) summary of something that you learned, or that caught your attention, at this event, in order to replace your lowest weekly-assignment grade.

May 14th (T)

Extended Office Hours to discuss drafts. Appointments available 10:00am–5:00pm. Send me a draft by Sunday, May 12th if you'd like to meet and get feedback.