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2013 HPA288 Philosophy of Language

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HPA388

Not Offered


Questions of language have been central to philosophy, both 'analytic' and 'continental' over the last one hundred years. This unit provides an introduction to the philosophy of language, through an exploration of some of the main issues at stake, as well as some of the central figures (such as Frege and Wittgenstein) who have played a part in the discussion of those issues. Important themes will include the relationship between language and the world, the role of language in the structure of mind and the possibility of thought, and the nature of meaning and understanding.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: HPA288 - 3,000 word essay (60%), 2-hour exam (40%)
HPA388 -3,500 word essay (60%), 2-hour exam (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 hrs lectures weekly, 1-hr tutorial fortnightly

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H,L
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Resource dependent teaching & learning - H,L
Independent study with provided resources replaces face-to-face or other classes (e.g. lectures)
   Video conferencing - H
A live video link between campuses is used for at least some teaching in this unit
About Flexible Study Options

Prereq 25% 100 Level units from any Faculty; 25% Level 100 Philosophy for Philosophy major

STAFF: Dr J Chase

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