Course Description for Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Language
Prerequisite: Admission to the MA in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics or
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics
or permission of the Philosophy Graduate Coordinator
The course explores the lasting significance of the linguistics turn in philosophy, including its different philosophical perspectives in analytic philosophy, speech act theory, semiotics and poststructuralism, and philosophical hermeneutics. Central questions include: What is the role of language for human consciousness and experience? How is linguistics meaning constituted, and what are its essential components? What is the basic structure of language, and how does it affect our access to reality? What is the relation between language and truth? What is the role of language and linguistic meaning for the constitution of culture, society, and politics? The course clarifies concepts like consciousness, meaning, reflexivity, truth, reference, normatively, and social practices through the philosophy of language. The course's approach to language is highly relevant for central issues in the graduate program concerning practical philosophy, including intercultural values and norms, the relation between moral agency and social contexts, and the normative grounds of a critique of power. Graduate students will be required to demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in research.