cod. 1000811

Academic year 2021/22
2° year of course - First semester
- Andrea BIANCHI
Academic discipline
Filosofia e teoria dei linguaggi (M-FIL/05)
Discipline filosofiche
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

1. Knowledge and understanding:
The course will introduce some of the main notions and problems of the analytic philosophy of language. This will allow the students to identify the logical space in which the debate is situated as well as the state of the contemporary debate on the topic.

2. Applying Knowledge and understanding:
Through the analysis of arguments proposed by the main philosophers of language in the Twentieth century the students will acquire the means necessary for recognizing, criticizing, and in their turn formulating philosophical arguments.

3-4. Making judgments, communication skills:
Students will be encouraged to participate actively in discussion in class and to evaluate the arguments proposed, in order to arrive at defending a specific position and formulate arguments in favor of it.

5. Learning skills:
The students will be trained to recognize philosophical arguments and come up with a reconstruction that explicits their logical steps. In this way, they will acquire the means that will allow them to approach other philosophical topics and to do philosophy autonomously.



Course unit content

The course offers an introduction to some basic notions of
contemporary philosophy of language, especially those of meaning, reference and truth.

Full programme

The course offers an introduction to some basic notions of
contemporary philosophy of language, especially those of meaning, reference and truth. The contribution of philosophers such as Gottlob Frege, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolf Carnap, and Saul Kripke to the development of contemporary philosophy of language will be critically examined.


P. Casalegno, "Filosofia del linguaggio. Un'introduzione", Carocci Editore, Roma.
The program is the same for all students. However, those who can't attend the classes may find useful to begin with P. Caselegno, "Brevissima introduzione alla filosofia del linguaggio", to approach some of the themes of the course.

Teaching methods

Lectures, with discusson in class.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination, aimed at ascertaining the
acquisition of the ability to operate with the basic notions of the

Grading criteria:
30 cum laude: excellent knowledge, excellent expressive capacities, excellent understanding of the concepts and arguments.
30: very good. Complete and adequate knowledge, well-articulated and correctly expressed.
27-29: good, satisfactory knowledge, essentially correct expression.
24-26: fairly good, but not complete knowledge.
22-23: generally sufficient but superficial knowledge. Expression is often not appropriate and confused.
18-21: sufficient.
<18: exam failed. Insufficient or very incomplete knowledge, lack of guidance in discipline, expression seriously deficient.

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