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24.251 Introduction to Philosophy of Language, Spring 2005

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An illustration of the introductory concepts of use and mention. (Image courtesy of MIT OCW, original photo courtesy of Terry Goss.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a comprehensive list of readings and assignments.

Course Description

In this introductory course on the philosophy of language, we examine views on the nature of meaning, reference, truth, and their relationships. Other topics may include relationships between language and logic, language and knowledge, language and reality, language and acts performed through its use. No knowledge of logic or linguistics presupposed.


Prof. Richard Holton

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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