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Language & Mind - PHI00046H

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  • Department: Philosophy
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Stephen Everson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

We shall be considering topics that sit at the intersection of Philosophy of Mind and Language: centrally, we shall be focusing on what account is to be given of a speaker's ability to understand a language but will lead up to this by looking at such topics as truth (and theories of truth), reference, and sense.

Module learning outcomes

Students will have developed their philosophical skills so as to have understood various accounts of central topics in the Philosophy of Language and, by critically engaging with those accounts, to have developed their own views on how understanding a language is to be explained.

Module content

We shall be looking at work by Frege, as well as by Strawson, Davidson, Dummet and John McDowell.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The students will get feedback on their summative essay with 4 weeks of submitting it.

Indicative reading

Donald Davidson, Inquiries into Truth and Interpretation

Michael Dummett, The Seas of Language

John McDowell, Meaning, Knowledge, and Reality

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