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This subject examines contemporary developments in philosophy of mind and language in the analytic tradition. Topics addressed may include: (1) mental representation, (2) the nature of linguistic communication, (3) sense vs. reference, (4) the nature of consciousness, (5) self-knowledge of one's own mental states. On completion of the subject, the student should have a good understanding of central issues in the philosophy of mind and language and be able to critically assess current research.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
- develop a thorough understanding of an important contemporary debate in the philosophy of mind and language;
- gain an appreciation of the implications of these issues for other areas of philosophy, such as metaphysics or epistemology;
- be able to critically assess current research in this area.
Last updated: 6 December 2019