cod. 02607

Academic year 2010/11
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Logica e filosofia della scienza (M-FIL/02)
Istituzioni di filosofia
Type of training activity
40 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit

Integrated course unit module: LOGIC AND HISTORY OF LOGIC (INTEGRATED)

Learning objectives

The objective of the course is to introduce to the contemporary debate on logical
form and on the logical-philosophical analysis of natural language.


There are no prerequisites. It is however useful to have a rudimentary knowledge of
the logic of propositions and of the calculus of first order.

Course unit content

The purpose of the course is the syntactical and semantic analyses of sentences.
Some modern and contemporary theories will be considered offering logical and
linguistic analyses; in particular those of Frege, Russell, Quine (with regard to logic
tradition), Chomski, Montague, Lambek (regarding the linguistic or logical-linguistic

Full programme

Course title: Categorial Grammars
In approaching Montague's grammar, we refer particularly to The Proper Treatment
of Quantification in Ordinary English, concentrating on certain specific topics. The
first point on which the course focuses is the distinction between 'formal' and
'material' meaning of syntactic types; the second area is the concept of the syntactic
analysis tree. These aspects are developed further in Montague and by
contemporary scholars, in part with regard to (meta) theoretical interaction. In the
second part of the course, different approaches to syntactic types are considered.
For instance, in Lambek's grammar, the objects of a certain category are seen as
'material' meanings of the syntactic types, whereas the corresponding objects of the
semantic meaning (considered as a category) constitute the 'formal' counterparts.


Lecture notess relating to the courses can be downloaded from the website
http://www.slprbo.unipr.it in the folder 'documents' (password access for
course participants).

Teaching methods

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Assessment methods and criteria

short paper + oral examination

Other information

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