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Offered in alternate years: Offered 2010, 2012
(B, G, X)
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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, Wittegenstein, Quine, Heidegger, Gadamer and Habermas this unit will critically examine philosophy's contribution to the understanding of language and communication.
Students enrolled in third year philosophy units are required to participate in extra third year activities throughout the trimester (see assessment details below).
two essays of 2000 words each 40% each, tutorial program 10%, participation in a general third year seminar 10%.
two essays 2000 words each 40% each, online program 10%, participation in a general third year online blog 10%.
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