Acquaintance with basic logic
Knowledge of the main approaches to the logical study of language. Use of formal tools for a semantically oriented treatment of context dependence.
The logical study of natural languages and fundamental concepts for the development of a theoretical framework for studying meaning.
1) Frege. The logical study of language
2) Frege. Sense and reference
3) Frege. Compositionality
4) Russell. The theory of propositions
5) Russell. Quantification
6) Tarski. Truth and the philosophy of language
7) Carnap. Extension and intension
8) Davidson. Truth and meaning
9) Intuitionism. The BHK interpretation
10) Intuitionism. The proper treatment of logical constants
11) Montague. Natural languages and quantification
12) Kripke. Possible worlds semantics
13) Stalnaker. Counterfactuals
14) Kaplan. Indexicality
15) Grice. Logical words and conversational inferences
16) Stanley. Contextually varying semantic content
Scott Soames. Philosophy of Language. Princeton and Oxford, 2010.
Z. G. Szabó (ed.). Semantics vs. Pragmatics. Clarendon Press. Oxford, 2005.
M. Dummet. Frege: Philosophy of Language. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, 1981.
Written paper. Students may also ask for an additional oral examination
No additional study is required for working students