Philosophy of Language
Philosophy 247/247W/447

 Fall 2007
David Braun




          Instructor: David Braun, Lattimore 525, (585) 275-8107,, office hours Mondays 2:00-4:00.

          Time and location of class meetings: MWF 11:00-1:50 pm, Dewey 2110-E.

          The first paper is due by e-mail at 9:00 am Friday, September 28.

          There will be no class on Friday, October 5 (because I will be out of town) and no class on Monday, October 8 (because of fall break).

          The take-home quiz on use and mention is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, October 10. Hard copy only; no e-mail.

          The second paper assignment is due by e-mail at 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 16.

          NEW DUE DATE for second paper assignment: 5:00 pm Thursday, October 18.

          The midterm examination will take place at 11:00 am (our usual time for class) on Friday, November 2, in Dewey 2110-E (our usual location for class). It will last fifty-five minutes.

          The third paper assignment is due (for undergraduates) by e-mail at 5:00 pm, Thursday, November 29.

          There will be no class meeting on Wednesday, November 21.

          The second examination will take place at 7:15 pm on Thursday, December 20, in Dewey 2110-E (our usual location for class meetings).


Downloads (all in pdf)


          Arguments Handout

          Extraction, Explanation, and Evaluation of Arguments Handout

          Citations Handout

          “Names and Natural Kind Terms”

          First Paper Assignment

          “Frege and Russell”

          Quiz on Use and Mention

          Second Paper Assignment (revised to reflect new due date)

          Study Guide for the Midterm Examination

          Third Paper Assignment

          Study Guide for the Second Examination



          Electronic course reserve

          Kent Bach’s “Meaning, Speech Acts, and Communication” (Introduction to Part I of Robert Harnish (ed.), Basic Topics in Philosophy of Language, Prentice-Hall, 1994.)

          “Reference,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

          “Propositions-singular,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

          “John Stuart Mill,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

          “John Locke,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

          “Gottlob Frege,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

          “Bertrand Russell,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

          “Propositional Attitude Reports,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy