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Philosophy of a Specific Discipline: Philosophy of Linguistics

Please note that this specialisation will not be offered any longer in 2010-2011.

Philosophy of Linguistics is a specialisation of the MA programme in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline. The two-year Master’s programme in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline is intended for students in a particular academic discipline who are interested in the philosophical foundations and methodological aspects of that discipline.

For information about the objectives and general structure of the programme, the MA thesis and the requirements for graduation, please see the website of the MA in Philosophy of Specific Discipline. For a brief description of this specialisation click on ‘Informatie’ above.

Structure of the programme

First Year

  • 10 EC / MA course in Philosophy

  • 10 EC / MA course in Philosophy

  • 10 EC / Specialist MA course in Philosophy of Linguistics

  • 30 EC / MA courses in Linguistics

Second Year

  • 10 EC / Specialist MA course in Philosophy of Linguistics

  • 10 EC / MA courses in Linguistics

  • 10 EC / Literature Study in the area of the MA thesis

  • 30 EC / MA thesis

First year / Second year

The following MA courses in Philosophy and specialist MA courses in Philosophy of Linguistics are on offer in 2009-2010:

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Specialist courses in Philosophy of Linguistics

Philosophy of Linguistics I : Demonstrative Terms 10
Philosophy of Linguistics II : Assertion 10

MA courses in Philosophy

Newton as Philosopher 10
Philosophy and History of Philosophy: an Uneasy Couple? 10
Philosophy of Historiography I: General and Intellectual History 10
Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding 10
The Taming of the Mind 10
Het ding bij Heidegger en Ponge 10
Philosophy of Historiography II: History of Science 10
Het ding bij Benjamin 10
Nietzschean and Post-Nietzschean Aesthetics 10
Wijsgerige antropologie IV: Taal en Romantiek 10
Ethics and Evolution 10
Moral Psychology 10

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Philosophy of Linguistics deals with questions that are considered by philosophers to belong to linguistics, and by linguists to belong to philosophy. It deals with such questions as what the meaning is of demonstratives, what the role is of the first person in assertions and whether semantics of mood can be given independently of the pragmatic notion of force. Philosophy of linguistics deals with linguistic problems that are essentially related to topics in epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language.

Specialisation co-ordinator

Dr. M.S. (Maria) van der Schaar