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Language and Thought


Admission requirements

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.

Course objectives

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.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

Assessment method


Written examination with essay questions


Written examination with essay questions: (100%)


Written examination with essay questions (100%)

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.

Reading list

The reading list will be posted on Brightspace prior to the start of the course.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the information bar at the right hand side of the page.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc., contact the Education Administration Office Huizinga


Not applicable.