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CODE 111208
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/05
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

 

The course deals, from a philosophical and linguistic point of view, with the relationship between verbal language and the human mind.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course of Language and Mind addresses, from a philosophical and linguistic point of view, the relationship between verbal language and the human mind. The aim of the course is to introduce students to some of the central problems and topics of the philosophy of language such as, for example, the nature of linguistic contents and mental states, the relationship between thought and linguistic comprehension, the problem of reference and meaning of linguistic expressions and the relationship between our inferential abilities and verbal communication. These problems will be addressed by showing the connections with linguistics, logic, psychology and the neurosciences of language.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course the student will know the main theoretical models on the relationship between the human mind and verbal language. Furthermore, students will be able to critically discuss philosophy of language problems, using both the tools of traditional philosophical research and those of experimental psychology and neuroscience.

The student will acquire the competence to start the independent study of essays on philosophy of language, linguistics and experimental psychology.

Further educational objectives: (i) Acquire a greater ability to manage one's social interactions with a collaborative attitude, constructive communication and dialogical skills. (ii) Demonstrate work autonomy, ability to manage primary literature, argumentative ability and collaborative, coordination and negotiation attitude.

PREREQUISITES

Teaching presupposes knowledge of the philosophy of language. The course is recommended for students who have taken the philosophy of language or language theory exam. Attendance is strongly recommended.

TEACHING METHODS

The course will alternate lectures held by the teacher with presentations in class held by the attending students.

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

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

This year, the course is dedicated to the relationship between pragmatics, mind and brain.

In the first part of the course, the main philosophical theories on the relationship between verbal language and its use in context will be introduced. In particular, the main themes of pragmatics will be presented: the implicit, linguistic acts, presuppositions, contextual dependence, metaphor and figurative language, sarcasm and conversational mechanisms.

In the second part of the course, the close relationship between philosophical theories on verbal language and the most recent experimental data in the field of cognitive psychology and language neuroscience will be illustrated. More specifically, the goal of the second part of the course is to teach students how to interpret experimental data and to understand when and to what extent they can constitute a source of empirical evidence useful for developing philosophical theories on language.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Foreign students are kindly required to contact Professor Domaneschi for the bibliography.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

FILIPPO DOMANESCHI (President)

MARCELLO FRIXIONE

DANIELE PORELLO (Substitute)

MASSIMILIANO VIGNOLO (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

26th February, 2024

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

Exam schedule

Data appello Orario Luogo Degree type Note
21/12/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
17/01/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
08/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
29/05/2024 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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