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.
|Paper title||Meaning and Metaphysics|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2023 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,206.91|
|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
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