15FLFL039 - Philosophy of Language

Course specification
Course title Philosophy of Language
Acronym 15FLFL039
Study programme Philosophy
Type of study first degree undergraduate academic studies
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
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    ESPB 3.0 Status
    Condition No additional requirements. Oblik uslovljenosti
    The goal The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the historical development of philosophical interest in language, in order to get insight into systematic aspects of language problems which were (and many of them still are) fundamental to philosophy.
    The outcome After an in-depth studying of recommended texts, the outcomes of this course are students’ abilities to discern the specific philosophical problems of language and to recognize the philosophical importance of critical thinking about language.
    Contents of lectures Concept of philosophy of language. History of philosophy of language. Ancient Greece context: logic and rhetoric. Beginnings of language critique (nominalism, British Empiricism). Idealist concept of language. Hermeneutics. Structuralism and deconstruction. Analytic philosophy. Systematic problems: Concept of meaning. Difference between meaning (sense) and reference. Language conventions. Use and abuse of words. Pragmatics, language games, theory of speech acts. Performativity of language.
    Contents of exercises Analysis of selected texts of classical and modern philosophers of language (Plato, Aristotle, Humboldt, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Austin etc.)
    1. Aristotle: Rhetoric.
    2. Wittgenstein, L.: Philosophical Investigations.
    3. Marcuse, H. : One-Dimensional Man.
    4. Norris, Ch.: Deconstruction.
    5. Austin, J. L.: How to Do Things with Words.
    6. Plato: Cratylus.
    7. Heidegger, M.: Thinking and Poetry.
    8. Humboldt, W. von: On the Kawi Language and Other Writings.
    Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
    Lectures Exercises OTC Study and Research Other classes
    1 2
    Methods of teaching Dialogue, analysis of original texts, discussion of student essays
    Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
    Pre obligations Points Final exam Points
    Activites during lectures 20 Test paper
    Practical lessons 30 Oral examination 50
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