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Topics in the Philosophy of Language

Course Description

Philosophy of language is one of the few areas in which analytic philosophers have made indisputable progress. Indeed, the philosophy of language is one of the fastest growing and most productive areas of modern analytic philosophy. In this advanced seminar we will have a detailed look at various particular topics within this area. Potential topics include debates about the semantics of (empty) names, negative existentials, analyticity, pejoratives, the nature and ‘unity’ of propositions, the possibility of private language, truth, and vagueness. As this is an advanced seminar, some familiarity with basic concepts and notions within the philosophy of language will be pre-supposed.

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Further Materials

Regarding writing philosophy papers, I strongly suggest following:

Further, the following German texts – all written by Christian Folde – are all useful: