Course: Philosophy of Language

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Course title Philosophy of Language
Course code KFI/FJAZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Dach Stefanie, Mgr.
  • Schuster Radek, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Dostálová Ludmila, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Reference and singular terms: sense and reference of proper names (G. Frege), definite descriptions (B. Russell, P. F. Strawson, K. Donnellan), cluster theory of proper names (J. Searle), rigid designators and possible worlds (S. Kripke). Semantics and syntax: meaning and verification, analytic a synthetic sentences (R. Carnap, W. v. O. Quine), meaning and truth conditions, possible worlds and intensional logic (D. Davidson, A. Tarski, N. Chomsky, R. Montague), meaning as using of words, language games and rules (L. Wittgenstein), meaning and intentionality (P. Grice). Semantics and pragmatics: constatives and performatives, locution, illocution, perlocution (J. L. Austin), speech acts (J. Searle), conventional and conversational implicatures (P. Grice), communication and convention (D. Lewis). Philosophical conceptions of metaphor.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Self-study of literature, Textual studies, Lecture
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 20 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 6 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
Course requires no special prior knowledge and skills.
learning outcomes
Students will be able to orientate within basic conceptions of the philosophy of language and they will be acquainted with its pivotal thinkers. They will master the logical-semantic analysis of language and they will become prepared for their own philosophical reflection of what they and others say when using language as well as in which way they make it meaningful.
teaching methods
Lecture
Textual studies
Self-study of literature
assessment methods
Test
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Coffa, J. A. The Semantic Tradition from Kant to Carnap. Cambridge : Cup, 1991.
  • Fiala, J. Analytická filosofie : první čítanka : texty. ZČU, FF, 2005.
  • Fiala, Jiří. Analytická filosofie : druhá čítanka. 2., přeprac. vyd. Praha : O.P.S., 2006. ISBN 80-903733-1-9.
  • Fiala, Jiří. Analytická filosofie : třetí čítanka ; uspořádal Jiří Fiala. 1. vyd. Plzeň : Západočeská univerzita, 2002. ISBN 80-238-9518-4.
  • Hvorecký, J., Marvan, T. (eds.). Základní pojmy filosofie jazyka a mysli. Nymburk : O.P.S., 2007.
  • Kolář, Petr. Argumenty filosofické logiky. Praha : Filosofia, 1999. ISBN 80-7007-121-4.
  • Lycan, W. G. Philosophy of Language. A Contemporary Introduction. London: Routledge, 2008.
  • Martinich, A. P., Sosa, D. (eds.). A Companion to Analytic Philosophy. Oxford : Blackwell, 2001.
  • Marvan, Tomáš. Otázka významu : cesty analytické filosofie jazyka. Vyd. 1. Praha : Togga, 2010. ISBN 978-80-87258-33-0.
  • Miller, Alexander. Philosophy of language. 2nd ed. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7735-3338-7.
  • Peregrin, Jaroslav. Kapitoly z analytické filosofie. Vyd. 1. Praha : Filosofia, 2005. ISBN 80-7007-207-5.
  • Valenta, Lubomír. Problémy analytické filozofie : historický úvod : počátky a první období (od Frega po Carnapa). 1. vyd. Olomouc : Nakladatelství Olomouc, 2003. ISBN 80-7182-150-0.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (14-3) Philosophy, theology 3 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (16-2) Philosophy, theology 3 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (16-2) Philosophy, theology 3 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (14-4) Philosophy, theology 3 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (17-1) Philosophy, theology 3 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (17-1) Philosophy, theology 3 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (14-3) Philosophy, theology 3 Summer
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Humanities (14-4) Philosophy, theology 3 Summer