PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
(PHIL 425/625, Sec. 1001)
    Reading Assignments

    (Readings from the Martinich and Sosa anthology, The Philosophy of Language, are listed by author, title, followed by "M&S" and either chapter number or "pp." followed by page numbers, inside parentheses. Readings from other books are listed by author and page numbers. Online readings are listed by author and title and labled "online".)

  • For Aug. 27: Read Chapter 5 from Thomas Nagel's What Does It All Mean? (online on WebCampus, via the Course Content button). Then read Martinich and Sosa, "Introduction" (M&S, pp. 1-9(first 3/4), 12-15, 18-26). For an introduction to or refresher on the basic ideas and notation of symbolic logic, read Alex Miller's "Frege: Semantic Value and Reference" (online on WebCampus, via the Course Content button).
  • For Sep. 1: No Class for Labor Day!
  • For Sep. 3: Read Martinich and Sosa, "Communication" (M&S, pp. 277-279). Then read Austin, "Performative Utterances" (M&S 22) and Searle, "The Structure of Illocutionary Acts" (M&S 23).
  • For Sep. 15: Read Grice, "Meaning" (M&S 21) and Searle, "What Is a Speech Act?" (online on WebCampus, via the Course Content button).
  • For Sep. 17: Read Grice, "Logic and Conversation" (M&S 24).
  • For Sep. 22: Read Frege, "On Sense and Reference" (M&S 2). Focus on the first half of the article (i.e., don't worry too much about the latter part, where Frege starts talking about all the different sorts of dependent clauses and their reference).
  • For Sep. 29: Read Frege, "The Thought: A Logical Inquiry" (M&S 27). And re-read "On Sense and Reference" (M&S 2).
  • For Oct. 6: Read Russell, "On Denoting" (M&S 8).
  • For Oct. 8: Read Russell, "Descriptions" (M&S 9).
  • For Oct. 13: Re-read the Russell. Also, check out the topics for the First Paper, due Monday 10/20. Also check out my Paper Requirements and Policies and my Numbered Writing Comments Sheet.
  • For Oct. 20: Read Kripke, "From Naming and Necessity"(M&S 4).
  • For Oct. 22: Read Putnam, "Meaning and Reference" (M&S 5).
  • For Oct. 27: Re-read the Kripke and the Putnam.
  • For Nov. 3: Read Chapters I-III of Ayer's Language, Truth, and Logic. (Optional related reading on Verificationism: C. S. Peirce's "How to Make Our Ideas Clear".)
  • For Nov. 5: Read pp. 5-16 and 22-26 of the Introduction to Language, Truth, and Logic.
  • For Nov. 12: Read the first part of Quine, "Two Dogmas of Empiricism" (M&S 32).
  • For Nov. 17: Read all of Quine, "Two Dogmas of Empiricism" (M&S 32).
  • For Nov. 24: Read Davidson, "Truth and Meaning" (M&S 30). For more details about what a Tarkian truth-definition for a language is, check out Miller, "Tarskian Truth-Theories" (online on WebCampus, via the Course Content button). Then read Soames, "Truth, Meaning and Understanding" (online on WebCampus, via the Course Content button). Also, check out the topic for the Second Paper, due Sunday 12/7 (Note the new date!).
  • For Nov. 26: Read Davidson, "Radical Interpretation" (online on WebCampus, via the Course Content button).
  • For Dec. 1: Read Kripke, "From On Rules and Private Language" (M&S 38).
  • For Dec. 3: Read Brandom, "Objectivity and the Normative Fine Structure of Rationality," Ch. 6 from Articulating Reasons (online on WebCampus, via the Course Content button).
  • For Dec. 6: Review Session! 4pm-6pm (Saturday) in our regular classroom. Check out this list of Exam Topics before the review, and come with questions about them that you want to discuss.
  • For Dec. 7: Second Paper due! Submit it via email by 2pm.
  • For Dec. 8: Final Exam! 1pm-3pm in our regular classroom. Bring an exambook to write your answers in, and, for good karma, bring an extra one for someone who forgets.

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