Admission to this course is restricted to:
BA students in Philosophy
Pre-master’s students in Philosophy who are in possession of an admission statement, and for whom this course is part of their programme.
This course will introduce the student to the major perspectives on language and thought in the Western tradition, with emphasis on their origins in ancient and medieval philosophy, and in comparison with relevant samples of Arabic, Indian, and Chinese philosophical systems.
This course aims to acquaint students with the most revelant philosophical approaches to language and thought found in ancient and medieval philosophical schools, and the development of the distinctions and vocabulary that is used in contemporary philosophy of language.
Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:
how language and thought relate to each other and to the world;
how concepts and arguments are formed through reflections on language;
how the grammatical structure of spoken languages influences philosophies of language
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
- understand the fundamentals of philosophy of language and thought in a broad, global perspective.
Mode of instruction
Midterm written examination (open book essay) about first half of course
Final written examination (open book essay) about second half of course
Attendance and participation
Class preparation and attendance are required and are conditions for taking part in the examinations.
The final mark for the course is established by determination of the weighted average:
Midterm take home examination (open book essay) about first half of course: 45%
Final take home examination (open book essay) about second half of course: 45%
Attendance and participation: 10%
The resit consists of one take home examination that covers the midterm and final examinations: open book essay covering the whole course (90%).
The grade for the other exam component (preparation and attendence) remains in place.
Class preparation, attendance, and participation in the regular examinations are mandatory requirements for taking the resit. Students who have obtained a satisfactory grade for the regular examination cannot take the resit.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
The reading list will be posted on Brightspace prior to the start of the course.
Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetables for courses and exams.
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