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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Liberal Studies
Course Number: GLIB 6100
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Liberal Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
This is a course on pragmatic trends in philosophy of language. At its heart is a reading of John Austin’s How to Do Things With Words. We will discuss the work of commentators on Austin’s work from both sides of the so-called ‘continental divide’ in philosophy (e.g., Grice, Searle, Travis, Derrida and Butler). Our emphasis will be on assessing the continuing relevance of Austin’s thought by considering it in the light of a set of current debates that pivot on questions about the relationship between semantics and pragmatics – in particular, a set of debates among advocates of literalism (or invariantism), contextualism and ordinary language philosophy.
Course Open to: Majors Only