Doctoral Program in Philosophy

Problems of Contemporary Philosophy of Language(PHIL 728)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
PHIL 728 Problems of Contemporary Philosophy of Language 2 3 0 0 3 8
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Type Elective
Course Level Doctoral Degree
Course Instructor(s) Atakan ALTINÖRS (Email)
Objective An examination of the nature and structure of language and of contemporary philosophical problems arising in connection with it. Topics covered will include meaning, reference, speech acts and relevant issues of contemporary descriptive linguistics.
Content Conceptions of language from Frege to Chomsky.
Course Learning Outcomes 1.Knowledge on the scope of meaning and reference problem.
2.Information concerning essential conceptions in contemporary philosophy of language.
Teaching and Learning Methods Face-to-face
References Jean-Gérard Rossi: Philosophie analytique.
Bertrand Russell, Signification et Vérité.
Gottlob Frege, "Fonction et concept".
Alfred Ayer, Langage, vérité et logique.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus.
________________, Investigations philosophiques.
John L. Austin, Quand dire, c'est faire.
John R. Searle, Les actes du langage.
___________, Construction de la réalité sociale.
Noam Chomsky, Le Langage et l'esprit.
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Theory Topics
Week Weekly Contents
1 Introduction to contemporary philosophy of language
2 Rise of the analytical philosophy
3 Frege: fonction and concept
4 Russell: definite descriptions
5 Ayer: logical positivism
6 Theory of meaning in the early Wittgenstein
7 The language games in the later Wittgenstein
8 Austin and the rise of pragmatics
9 Searle: speech acts
10 The fonction of language in the construction of social reality in Searle
11 behaviorist teories of language
12 The new cartesian theory of language: Chomsky
13 Nativist thesis of Pinker
14 final reflections
Practice Topics
Week Weekly Contents
Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 1 50
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 50
Toplam 2 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Presentation 1 50
Toplam 1 50
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Teach in philosophy programs in various areas of philosophy. X
2 Engage with both primary and secondary texts to make a thoughtful contribution to given themes and problematics. X
3 Discuss some major topics in contemporary philosophy. X
4 Communicate effectively in writing to a specialised audience. X
5 • Use other resources, such as libraries and ICT resources, to improve his/her own learning. X
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 3 42
Working Hours out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation 1 24 24
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 20 20
Reports 1 48 48
Other 1 24 24
Total Workload 200
Total Workload / 25 8,00
Credits ECTS 8
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