THEORY OF LANGUAGE AND THE MIND
Learning outcomes of the course unit
1. Knowledge and understanding:
The course will introduce some the main notions of contemporary philosophy of language. This will allow the students to identify the logical space in which the debate is situated as well as the state of the contemporary debate on the topic.
2. Applying Knowledge and understanding:
Through the analysis of some arguments proposed by the main philosophers of language of theTwentieth century the students will acquire the means necessary for recognizing, criticizing, and in their turn formulating philosophical arguments.
3-4. Making judgments, communication skills:
Students will be encouraged to participate actively in discussion in class and to evaluate the arguments, proposed, in order to arrive at defending a specific position and formulate arguments in favor of it.
5. Learning skills:
The students will be trained to recognize philosophical arguments and come up with a reconstruction that explicits their logical steps. In this way, they will acquire the means that will allow them to approach other philosophical topics.
Course contents summary
The course offers an introduction to some basic notions of
contemporary philosophy of language, especially those of meaning, reference and truth.
W. Lycan, "Filosofia del linguaggio. Un'introduzione contemporanea". Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, capp. 1-11.
The program is the same for all students. However, those who can't attend the classes may find useful to begin with P. Caselegno, "Brevissima introduzione alla filosofia del linguaggio", to apprach some of the themes of the course.
Lectures, with discussion in class.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination, aimed at ascertaining the
acquisition of the ability to operate with the basic notions of the
30 cum laude: excellent knowledge, excellent expressive capacities, excellent understanding of the concepts and arguments.
30: very good. Complete and adequate knowledge, well-articulated and correctly expressed.
27-29: good, satisfactory knowledge, essentially correct expression.
24-26: fairly good, but not complete knowledge.
22-23: generally sufficient but superficial knowledge. Expression is often not appropriate and confused.
<18: exam failed. Insufficient or very incomplete knowledge, lack of guidance in discipline, expression seriously deficient.