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Instructor Info:Jonathan Westphal
Office Extension x6848
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 221
Description: How do words and sentences do it? How do they get and keep their meaning and reference? How can the word "London" attach itself to London, its meaning travelling at high speed like a guided missile through space for over 5000 kilometers before ending up, safely in London - and never missing its target? Or does the word refer to an idea in the mind? But then how does that idea attach itself to London, its sense travelling at high speed like a guided missile . . . Topics will include meaning and reference, performative utterances, names, demonstratives, pronouns, definite and indefinite descriptions, and - the dark side - metaphor and other kinds of figurative language. Emphasis on the understanding of existing theories in the field and the development of students' own views through portfolio and notebook work. Two short (6 pages) papers, two exams (not unseen) and reading question sets. Prerequisite: At least one previous class in philosophy