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ASP326 - Language and Reality

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

George Duke

Prerequisite:

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

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with: ASP226
Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.

Content

What is meaning? How does language "hook onto" the world? What is the connection between language and truth? Can we ever really know what someone else's words mean? In addressing these questions this unit will explore some influential theories about language developed in twentieth century analytic philosophy, paying particular attention to theories of reference and meaning. Focusing on key figures such as Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Quine, Heidegger, Gadamer and Habermas this unit will critically examine philosophy's contribution to the understanding of language and communication.

Assessment

Class/Online Exercises, 15%, 600 words

Research and Writing Exercise, 25%, 1000 words

Essay, 60%, 2400 words

Unit Fee Information

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