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PHILOSOPHICAL SEMANTICS (LM)

CODE 80517
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 2nd year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8465 METODOLOGIE FILOSOFICHE (LM-78) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/05
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course focuses on the underdeterminaation of meaning and context dependence.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to introduce students to the debate on the divide between semantics and pragmatics. In particular, the topic of contextual dependence and the phenomenon of underdetermination of meaning will be explored, starting from the Gricean theory that defends the autonomy of semantics and places contextual dependence on the agenda of pragmatics, to arrive at the theories that philosophers have developed as alternatives to the Gricean approach: contextualism, indessicalism, minimalism, and relativism.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course students will be able to master the main concepts that animate the debate between the philosophers of language on the demarcation between semantics and pragmatics. Students will acquire the necessary skills to face the independent study of essays on the philosophy of language and the study of topics that might be of interest for the writing of the degree thesis.

    PREREQUISITES

    The course presupposes the knowledge of the logic and the attendance of a basic course of Philosophy of Language.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course includes a cycle of lectures followed by the reading and discussion of articles on contextual dependence and the underdetermination of meaning.

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Program

    Part 1

    The semantics with double index: context of utterance and circumstance of evaluation

    Part 2
    Meaning, saying, and communicating
    Part 3
    Context Dependence, semantics and pragmatics: contextualism, indexicalism, minimalism, relativism
    Part 4
    Some objections against the Russellian theory of definite descriptions

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Vignolo, M., e Frixione, M., 2018. Filosofia del Linguaggio, Milano: Mondadori.

    The in-depth articles will be decided together with the students during the lessons.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MASSIMILIANO VIGNOLO (President)

    VALERIA OTTONELLI

    MARCELLO FRIXIONE (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    20 February 2023

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Students can choose a written test or an oral exam

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Students will be assessed on the basis of (i) knowledge of the contents covered during the course, (ii) ability to analyze and reconstruct philosophical arguments, and (iii) appropriateness in the use of philosophical language.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    12/12/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
    16/01/2023 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
    30/01/2023 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
    08/05/2023 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
    22/05/2023 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
    12/06/2023 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
    03/07/2023 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
    11/09/2023 11:00 GENOVA Compitino