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CODE 98499
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/05
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course aims at illustrating the main classical and contemporary theories on verbal language.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Introducing students to the problems of meaning and of linguistic understanding in the wake of the tradition of Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein. Showing links with linguistics, logic, IT, psychology and cognitive sciences. Enabling the studend to apply aspects of language philosophy to the analysis of daily speech and public discourse (newspapers, television, internet). Introducing students to the reading and discussing of classical texts.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is divided into five thematic blocks that identify the main objectives of the course: (i) Language(s): defining the notion of sign and of communication, learning the basis of propositional logics and of second order logics, distinguishing the different types of arguments, characterizing the main areas of linguistic investigation (syntax, semantics and pragmatics). (ii) Language and representation: understanding the main theories of reference for proper names, illustrating the notion of meaning as truth-conditions and the bases of classic semantics. Language and action: being able how to define the notion of meaning as use, understanding the theory speech acts, the theory of implicatures and the theories of politeness. Language and communication: understanding the notion of semantic holism, the concept of radical translation and the relationship between truth and interpretation; knowing how to illustrate the main theories on the relationship between language and culture. Language and mind: characterizing the main positions on the origins of verbal language and about innatism, understanding the modular theory of the mind, being able to illustrate the notion of strong artificial intelligence and its criticisms.

PREREQUISITES

The course has an introductory nature and does not presuppose any prior philosophical, logical or linguistic knowledge.

TEACHING METHODS

Teaching will be provided through frontal lectures given by the teacher.

 

Students are required to register at Aulaweb, where materials useful for the course will be uploaded.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The main arguments for and against the contemporary philosophical-linguistic theories on verbal language will be analysed woth respect to the relationship between language and representation, action, communication and mind. Through this critical analysis, we will illustrate how the understanding of the structure and functioning of verbal language is a fundamental requirement to formulate and address philosophical questions.

 

The final part of the course will deal with the topic of offensive language. Which expressions of language do have a derogatory function and why? What is an insult? What are the conditions of use of insulting expressions? What is the semantics of slurs and of the derogatory expressions?

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The relevant bibliography will be provided on the Aulaweb page of the course.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

FILIPPO DOMANESCHI (President)

MASSIMILIANO VIGNOLO

MARCELLO FRIXIONE (Substitute)

MARIA SILVIA VACCAREZZA (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

27/09/2022

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Students attending and non-attending classes 1) written exam

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Attending students: the written exam consists of 5 open questions. Each question focuses on one of the five different thematic blocks of the course. Each answer is assigned a maximum of 6 points. The evaluation of each answer takes into account different criteria: correctness of the answer, completeness, relevance and clarity of exposition.

The correct use of the relevant philosophical and scientific lexicon and the critical skills will be taken into consideration for the purpose of the evaluation.

Exam schedule

Data appello Orario Luogo Degree type Note
21/12/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale Aula P - Via Balbi 4
17/01/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
08/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
19/06/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
10/07/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
11/09/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale

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