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Philosophy of Language

15 Credits

The Philosophy of Language course introduces students to foundational concepts, problems, and theories in the philosophy of language.

How are the meanings of our expressions fixed? Are they determined by what’s in our heads or are these meanings partly constituted by our environment and our practices of interpreting each other? And how do the meanings of simple expressions combine to determine those of more complex ones, especially in indirect discourse and ascriptions of propositional attitudes?

Members of the NCH Philosophy faculty who have a special interest in the debates related to Philosophy of Language include Dr Brian Ball and Dr Ioannis Votsis.

The Philosophy of Language course is assessed via an essay of 4,000 words in length, on a subject chosen from a range of options. The development of the essay is supported academically by individual tutorials.