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BASS Philosophy and Criminology / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Language and Analysis

Unit code PHIL30351
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Social Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20242 Pre-Requisite Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20042 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Either second-year Formal Logic or second-year History of Analytic Philosophy

Must have taken PHIL20042 OR PHIL20242


The course unit aims to: introduce students to some of the foundational debates of early and mid analytic philosophy concerning the relationship of language to the world: logical and linguistic analysis, ontology, and modal language. Students will closely read and interpret some classic texts on language, analysis, and language-world relations, as well as some lesser-known but worth-while texts by marginalised female figures of the period. Students will also dissect and assess the arguments of those texts, compare them to contemporary accounts, and form and defend their own views on the course themes in language and analysis.

Learning outcomes

Student should be able to


Knowledge and Understanding:  Students should acquire knowledge of some of the central debates on language, ontology, philosophy of logic, and analysis of facts and language of the history of analytic philosophy, and to understand how they have influenced and informed contemporary philosophical arguments and debates.


Intellectual skills:  Skills in analysing and constructing arguments, and in explaining and assessing central debates in the history of analytic philosophy.


Practical skills:  skills in time-management, in independent working, and formulating and finding evidence for own views, writing skills, presentation skills.


Transferable skills and personal qualities:  skills in reading, understanding, and critically interrogating demanding texts, interpreting and assessing historical texts, writing skills, argumentation analysis, skills in formulating and presenting independent arguments.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, Blackboard material.

Please note the information in scheduled activity hours are only a guidance and may change.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 10%
Written assignment (inc essay) 75%
Oral assessment/presentation 15%

Assessment task 

Length required

Weighting within unit 


Essay 1

1,200 words


Yes, written

Essay 2

2,200 words


Yes, written


Tutorial performance

10 min.




Yes, written

Yes, verbal


Recommended reading

Susan Stebbing, A Modern Introduction to Logic, Methuen 1933. Appendix on Logical Constructions.


Alfred Tarski, 1944, “The semantic conception of truth”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 4 (3): 341–376.


W.V Quine, From a Logical Point of View, Harvard UP 1953. Essays 1, 4, and 8.


Alice Ambrose, Essays in Analysis, George Allen and Unwin, 1966. Essays 8 and 9.


Donald Davidson, Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation, Clarendon 1984. Essays 2, 3, 9, 13, and 14


Ruth Barcan Marcus, Modalities, Oxford UP 1990. Essays 1, 7, 8, and 13.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Frederique Janssen-Lauret Unit coordinator

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