ASP326 - Language and Reality


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:



Students must have passed at least one ASP-coded level 2 unit



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1 hour class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


How do we know what someone else's words mean? How does language "hook onto" the world so that we can say things that are true? If language-use is a distinctive feature of human beings, as opposed to other animals, what does this mean for human life? Do different languages create different realities? If so, what does that mean for a people whose language is taken from them? This unit will address these questions by exploring some influential theories about language developed by twentieth century philosophers, many of whom saw philosophy of language as the gateway to all other work in philosophy. The unit will focus on key figures from both analytic and Continental philosophy, including Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Rorty, Brandom and Habermas.

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