HS 806: Contemporary Trends in Philosophical Analysis

HS 806: Contemporary Trends in Philosophical Analysis

The concept of language in the philosophy of Wittgenstein. Meaning and Use. Symptom and Criteria. The Speech Act analysis of language: views of Austin and Searle. Names and Natural kind terms; view of Quine, Ryle, Strawson, Donnellan, Putnam and Kripke.

Ethics and Language: Moore: Natural and Non-natural Properties; 'Good' as a simple notion. Stevenson: Disagreement in belief and in Attitude; Persuasive Argument. Universalizability, Moral Argument, Reason in Ethics: Views of Hare and Toulmin.

Texts/References :

A.P. Martinich (ed.), The Philosophy of Language, OUP, 1985.

J.L. Austin, How To Do Things with Words, OUP, 1975.

J.R. Searle, Speech Acts, Cambridge University Press, 1969.

L. Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, Basil Blackwell, 1963.

C.L. Stevenson, Ethics and Language, Yale University Press, 1944.

R.M. Hare, The Language of Morals, Clarendon Press, 1952.

S.E. Toulmin, An Examination of the Place of Reason in Ethics, Cambridge University Press, 1970.

S.P. Schwartz (ed.), Naming, Necessity and Natural Kinds, Cornell University Press, 1977.