cod. 1005446

Academic year 2012/13
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Logica e filosofia della scienza (M-FIL/02)
Istituzioni di filosofia
Type of training activity
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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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 main issue of the course is the syntactical and semantic analyses of linguistic predicates. Some modern and contemporary theories will be considered offering logical and linguistic analyses; in particular that of Montague (in 'The proper treatment of quantification in ordinary English).

Full programme

The issues we will focus on concern from one hand the way in which semantic categories are assigned to natural language expressions, from another hand, the application of the categorical analysis to natural languages. Questions such as these will be scrutinize throughout the course, with particular reference to the following authors/arguments:

E. Husserl,
The concept of meaning category, the substitutability principle (two expressions belonging to the same semantic category are substitutable in selected contexts.

K. Ajdukiewicz,
The retaking of the Husserl's view on semantic categories, the concept of syntactic connectivity, derivation of the index of a well formed phrase.

J. Lambek,
A logical-mathematical point of view on semantic categories, heuristic procedures, derived categories, the syntactic calculus.

R. Montague.
The form of the grammar, logical-philosophical problems, categorical lexicon, grammatical rules, the logical intermediate language, translation from syntax to semantics


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

Oral lessons

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination

Other information

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