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    Vassar College
   
 
  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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PHIL 222 - Philosophy of Language

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
Language is our primary means of expressing our thoughts. Language is also one of our primary means of representing the world. As a result, philosophers in the analytic tradition have attempted to gain a better understanding of standard philosophical issues through the study of how we understand and use language to express our thoughts, communicate, and represent the world. We look at the philosophical study of meaning and truth as well as the philosophical problems that such studies purport to illuminate, solve, or dissolve. We  discuss theories of meaning that seek to identify meanings as items in the world, as abstract concepts, as psychological ideas, as social rules of interaction, and we link these theories to metaphysical and epistemological questions. Barry Lam.

Two 75-minute periods.



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