Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Assoc.Prof Karen Green


Previously coded PHL3590


This unit provides an introduction to some major themes in recent philosophy of language and mind. Among the topics to be covered are: theories of reference and truth; theories of meaning; and theories of performative utterances. These topics have come to be of central concern in contemporary analytical philosophy and are often crucial in modern debates in fields as diverse as ethics, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. One aim of this unit is to provide essential background for students intending to go on in philosophy. For further information see: http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/philosophy/ugrad/units


Students who successfully complete this unit should:

  1. be able to engage with contemporary debates in the philosophy of language,
  2. have acquired some facility with the use of logical techniques in the discussion of language,
  3. be familiar with the technical vocabulary and standard arguments developed by philosophers who have studied the functioning of language.


Written work: 100% (4500 words) - One written piece may be replaced by a 2 hour Exam (50%)

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Workload requirements

2 hour (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two second-year Philosophy units - ATS2866 and ATS2840 are strongly recommended.

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