CJDY01 Philosophy of Language

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Pavel Caha, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Petr Karlík, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Petr Karlík, CSc.
Department of Czech Language – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: doc. Mgr. Markéta Ziková, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Czech Language – Faculty of Arts
The ability to read in English.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The goal is to acquire the knowledge of the main concepts, frameworks and philosophers within philosophy of language, where philosophy of language is understood as the study of relations between language and though and/or the outside world. We will focus primarily on topics relevant to current thinking.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to:
- identify and summarise important features within philosophy of language;
- write an essay on a selected topic within the philosophy of language;
- explain fundamental notions in philosophy of language.
  • We will read the following texts: 1. On Sense and Reference (G. Frege); 2. On Denoting (B. Russell); 3. The Two Dogmas of Empiricism (W.V.O. Quine); 4. Performative Utterances (J. Austin); 5. What is a Speech Act? (J. Searle); 6. Metaphors we Live By (G. Lakoff and M. Johnson).
    required literature
  • LUDLOW, Peter (ed.). Readings in the Philosophy of Language. MIT Press, 1997.
Teaching methods
Class discussion of the assigned readings.
Assessment methods
active participation = 20%, class presentation = 20%, final essay = 60%
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2024, recent)
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