A course for third-year BA students with a considerable philosophical background.
An intensive course in John Searle’s writings on language and the mind. The course aims to relate topics from philosophy of language, such as speech acts, fiction, metaphor, meaning and reference, to the problem how thought and perception can be thought and perception of an object. According to Searle philosophy of language is a branch of the philosophy of mind, but how is this possible given that we seem to have access to the mind only through language.
Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.
Mode of instruction
Presentation and paper
John Searle, Expression and Meaning; Studies in the Theory of Speech Acts, Cambridge, 1979
John Searle, Intentionality; An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge, 1983
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Specialisation: Theoretical Philosophy