Philosophy of Language and Logics

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Philosophy of Language and Logics

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    For much of the twentieth century, the Anglo-American tradition was largely driven by developments in the philosophy of language. This course provides an introduction to some of those developments. Focusing on the topics of meaning, reference and truth, we will engage with the work of Russell, Wittgenstein, Kripke and Davidson (among others). The course begins with a short introduction to formal logic.

    Teaching and learning methods: The course is lecture-based, supplemented by tutorials.

    Methods of assessment and evaluation: Overall assessment is based on written examination. Written course work (essay) - if required - is added to the evaluation.

    Core texts:

    W. Lycan, Philosophy of language: A Contemporary Introduction

    A.W. Moore (ed.), Meaning and Reference.

    Primary sources will be specified during the course.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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