HFIK03713U  FILO, Module 2: Philosophical Period: Analytic Philosophy of Language

Volume 2015/2016

Master in Philosophy


Philosophy of language is one of the main currents of 20th century philosophy, often described as the ”linguistic turn” in philosophy. In analytic philosophy, in which language was a dominant theme, this development featured two aspects: First, a investigation of language as an item of interest in its own right, secondly, the use of the insigts thus gained as a tool for the solution of philosophical problems in general. The key topic was the nature of linguistic meaning.

                      In this course, focus will be on philosophy of language in the former sense, in which philosophy serves the role often played as a ”birth-maiden of the sciences”, in this case linguistics; that is, to undertake a basic conceptual analysis of a field of phenomena for later empirical, scientific investigations to build on. The perspective will be partly historical, partly systematic, starting with the seminal contributions by Gottlob Frege in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with their formalist approach to language, inspired by Frege’s own inventions in logic. From this point of departure, philosophy of language would move on along a path that would gradually include broader aspects of language: Pragmatics, speech act theory, meaning as use, etc. Examining contributions from such key authors as Wittgenstein, Austin, Davidson, Quine, Lewis, Dummett, and their later followers, we shall examine to what extent the Fregean strategy for developing a theory of meaning is still viable.

Learning Outcome

The Master’s Programme in Philosophy 2014:
Module 2, Philosophical Period: HFIK03711E
Module 5, Freely chosen topic 1: HFIK03741E
Module 5, Freely chosen topic 2: HFIK03751E

The Master’s Programme in Philosophy 2008:
Module 2, Freely chosen topic A: HFIK03521E
Module 4, Freely chosen topic B: HFIK03541E
Module 5, Freely chosen topic C: HFIK03551E
Module 6, Freely chosen topic D: HFIK03561E
Module 7, Freely chosen topic E: HFIK03571E

Type of assessment
For details, see the curriculum
The exam will be conducted in english
Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 42
  • Course Preparation
  • 367,5
  • Total
  • 409,5