MA Political Science - Philosophy and Political Theory
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Philosophy of Language
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course will explore some important debates in contemporary philosophy of language. The focus of the course will change from year to year, but may include topics such as propositions, reference, meaning, and truth.
The course unit aims to:
- help students to engage with some of the most central problems in the philosophy of language;
- enhance students’ powers of critical analysis, reasoning and independent thought,
- enhance students’ ability bring those powers to bear on important philosophical issues;
- familiarise students with some of the most interesting and provocative texts in contemporary philosophy of language.
On completion of this unit successful students will be able to demonstrate: knowledge and understanding of some central texts and problems in contemporary analytic philosophy of language; the capacity to critically reflect on those texts and problems; and to articulate and defend their own views.
Teaching and learning methods
1 x 2-hour introductory session.
8 x 2-hour seminars, each based on one or two key texts.
1 x 2-hour essay workshops
Weighting within unit
Formative: oral feedback in seminars and office hours; written feedback on essay plans.
Summative: written feedback on coursework.
William G. Lycan, Philosophy of Language: A Contemporary Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2008
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|Sean Crawford||Unit coordinator|