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PHIL415 Meaning and Metaphysics

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
Paper code PHIL415
Subject Philosophy
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
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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

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system