Thinking about the role language plays in thinking is doing philosophy of language. Its main task is finding out how language can serve as a medium for thinking and communication of thoughts. Philosophers of language have divided such questions into issues about syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. This course is primarily concerned with the semantical explorations of the concepts of meaning, sense, reference, naming, and truth and the relationships among them, and pragmatic concerns with the kinds of things we can do with words, the social context of language, and the nature of communication.
Triad: College Composition II or Philosophy/Religion
Prerequisite: one previous 300 level course or permission of the instructor.