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PHL3590 - Mind and meaning

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): John Bigelow


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit provides an introduction to some major themes in recent philosophy of language and mind. Among the topics to be covered are: theories of reference and truth; theories of meaning; and theories of performative utterances. These topics have come to be of central concern in contemporary analytical philosophy and are often crucial in modern debates in fields as diverse as ethics, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. One aim of this unit is to provide essential background for students intending to go on in philosophy. For further information see:


Written work: 100% (4500 words) - One written piece may be replaced by a 2 hour Exam (50%)

Contact hours

2 hour (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


Two second-year Philosophy units - PHL2170 and PHL2650 are strongly recommended.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at:

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