Course: Philosophy of Natural Language

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Course title Philosophy of Natural Language
Course code KFI/FPJK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Schuster Radek, 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. Deconstructionism (J. Derrida). Recontextualism (R. Rorty).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Students' portfolio, Individual study, Self-study of literature, Textual studies, Lecture, Seminar
  • Contact hours - 52 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for comprehensive test (10-40) - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 34 hours per semester
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 40 hours per semester
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 theories of meaning. They will be acquainted with works of pivotal analytic and post-analytic 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 they do use language.
teaching methods
Textual studies
Self-study of literature
Individual study
Students' portfolio
assessment methods
Oral exam
Skills demonstration during seminar
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Austin, J. L. How to do things with words : the William James Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1955. 2nd ed. Oxford ; Oxford University Press, 1976. ISBN 0-19-281205-X.
  • Černý, Jiří. Dějiny lingvistiky. Olomouc : Votobia, 1996. ISBN 80-85885-96-4.
  • Davidson, Donald. Subjektivita, intersubjektivita, objektivita. Vyd. 1. Praha : Filosofia, 2004. ISBN 80-7007-190-7.
  • Derrida, Jacques. Texty k dekonstrukci : práce z let 1967-1972. [b.v.]. Bratislava : Archa, 1993. ISBN 80-7115-046-0.
  • Hvorecký, J., Marvan, T. (eds.). Základní pojmy filosofie jazyka a mysli. Nymburk : O.P.S., 2007.
  • J.Searle. Speech Acts. Cambridge U.P., 1969.
  • Lycan, William G. Philosophy of language : a contemporary introduction. London ; Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0-415-17116-4.
  • Martinich, A. P., Sosa, D. (eds.). A Companion to Analytic Philosophy. Oxford : Blackwell, 2001.
  • Martinich, Aloysius. The philosophy of language. 5th ed. New York : Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-518830-1.
  • 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.
  • Waismann, Friedrich; Harré, Rom. The principles of linguistic philosophy. 2nd ed. Basingstoke : Macmillan, 1997. ISBN 0-333-62996-5.
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig. Philosophishce Untersuchungen = Philosophical investigations. 4th ed. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4051-5928-9.

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