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    Introduces contemporary debates between realism and anti-realism: moral realism, expressivism, error-theory; semantic realism; Dummett's Manifestation Argument; Kripke's Wittgenstein; Semantic Dispositionalism; Judgement-Dependence; Semantic Irrealism; meaning and normativity.

    About this paper

    Paper title Meaning and Metaphysics
    Subject Philosophy
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    36 PHIL points at 200-level or above
    PHIL 458
    May not be credited together with PHIL458 passed in 2013 or 2014.

    Teaching staff

    Professor Alex Miller


    Alexander Miller, Philosophy of Language (Routledge 2018).

    Saul Kripke, Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language (Blackwell 1982).

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will acquire:

    • The ability to make philosophical analyses and to present and assess philosophical arguments to an advanced standard
    • A detailed awareness and grasp of what is at issue in general metaphysical debates between realism and anti-realism debates
    • An advanced ability to explain and assess philosophical positions and arguments in their own words
    • The ability to grasp and critically discuss central issues in the theory of meaning concerning scepticism about meaning


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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