Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Language is central to how we investigate the world, and to how we relate to others and ourselves. How does language work? How do we use it to communicate with? This module explores some of the central philosophical questions about language, including: problems of meaning and reference; theories of meaning; the relationship between meaning and truth; the relationship between language and the world; whether there are such things as meanings and what type of things these are; how language and thought are related; how speakers are involved in the process of communication; and theories about what language is.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phi-30029/lists
The module aims to introduce students to the philosophy of language without presupposing knowledge of logic or linguistics.
Intended Learning Outcomes
demonstrate good understanding of the fundamental concepts and issues in the philosophy of language: 1,2reflect independently on the topics examined in the module and present their own views: 1,2focus research on some aspects of a significant question and articulate an informed and critical answer: 1write clearly and concisely on a number of key issues in the field: 2show awareness of the distinctive subject and questions discussed in the philosophy of language: 1,2be able to note connections between issues in this module and other areas of philosophy studied, and be able to draw out the implications which different philosophical positions on these issues will have: 1explain technical examples clearly using appropriate language and logical form when necessary: 1,2be able to infer and to explain the implications which different views have for accounts of what communication involves: 1analyse and evaluate the main positions on the key debates in the field: 1
Lectures: 10 hoursSeminars: 10 hoursSeminar preparation: 40 hoursExamples Preparation: 30 hoursLong essay preparation: 60 hours
1: Essay weighted 67%
Description of Module Assessment
A 2,500-word essayStudents will write a 2,500-word essay on a topic relating to the course. They will be strongly encouraged to prepare an essay plan and to consult their tutor about it in order to make sure that they are working on the right lines.2: Exercise weighted 33%
1 x Set of Examples on Seminar Topics (1000 words total)A list of key arguments in the debate will also be issued at the start of the module. At the end of five seminars students will submit a list of their own examples which can be used to illustrate or support these key arguments.