ASP326 - Language and Reality

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Cathy Legg


Must have passed at least one ASP-coded level 2 unit



Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week (recordings provided)


Do we ever really know what someone else's words mean? How does language "hook onto" the world? What is the connection between language and truth? Do different languages create different realities? If humans are distinguished from other animals by the way we use language, as many believe, how does this work, exactly? In addressing these questions, this unit will explore some influential theories about language developed by twentieth century philosophers, many of whom famously foregrounded philosophy of language as the gateway to all other philosophical problems. Focusing on key figures such as Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Rorty, Brandom and Habermas, this unit will critically examine some of philosophy's recent contributions to the understanding of language and communication.


Assessment 1 (Individual) - Online Exercises (600 words) - 15%

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Research and Writing Exercise (1000 words) - 25%

Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay (2400 words) - 60%

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