Philosophy of Language
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NPHI 3766
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
During the 20th century, the emphasis in academic philosophy shifted toward the critical analysis and pragmatic implications of language. Philosophers began to contrast "doing something" with "talking about something." Many took the position that by dissecting language, its components, and the way it works, one could resolve (or dissolve) many long-standing philosophical problems. This course explores the concept of meaning in language, tracing its evolution from something that connects words to objects into an understanding of meaning as use, an activity that performs tasks in the world. We read works by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, W.V. Quine, and Donald Davidson.
Course Open to: Degree Students