Philosophy of Language
About this course
Course Code: PCS 104
ECTS – 4
Credits – 2
Lecturer – Fr. Joy Panamthanam svd. M.A.[Uni. Pune, India] & M.A. (KU Leuven, Belgium] .
Class Room – 3
Consultation times: Wednesdays 8.00 to 10.00 hours
The significant role of language in philosophy is as ancient as philosophy itself, although as a method of philosophy its history is just about a century old. Leaving out the ancient we shall try to provide a birds eye view of last century’s developments in thinking about language and philosophy.
Needless to emphasize the importance of L. Wittgenstein and those who were inspired by him in the 1940s and later. We shall also endeavour to highlight the issues related to language raised by the traditions originating from F. Saussure, post-structuralism and their ilk. Thus the course aims to provide a bird’s eye view on the relation between philosophy, truth, meaning, and language and related problems of current interest.
Objectives are to :
- Acquaint the students with an introduction to the problems of linguistics as well as how philosophy and language is intimately related.
- To get an over view of the issues that were in the forefront of philosophical discussions in the Anglo-American Scene in the 1940s and after.
- To provide an introduction to the views on language/literature tackled by structuralist and post- structuralist thinkers in general.
At the end of the course the students:
- Are aware of the issues that dominated discussions on the questions of meaning in the light of analytical tradition in philosophy and the philosophy of language.
- Come to know the basics on the problems and topics tackled in linguistics.
- Are aware of the relation between language, meaning and how these issues are reflected upon in the context of the philosophy of deconstruction & postmodern trends.