Theory of Meaning
General Catalog Course Title:
Theory of Meaning
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Spring 2015
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Course Thread: 
Visible Language
Campbell, John

This course reviews central issues in theory of meaning, in particular the relation between meaning and reference to objects. What explains our ability to refer to objects? Is the ability to think about an object a matter of standing in an appropriate causal relation to it? And if we take this view, does it help us to understand how thought might be in the end a biological phenomenon? We will look at basic lines of thought set out here by Kripke and Putnam, and theorists such as Evans and Dretske who have built on their ideas. We will also look at the contrasting view of meaning and reference presented by the later Wittgenstein. We will begin, however, with the classical views of Frege and Russell.

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