PHI 534 / LIN 534

Philosophy of Language: Context and Content

Una Stojnic

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Philosophers often exploit context-sensitivity of theoretically interesting expressions like “know”, “good”, “truth”, “necessary”, “ought”, or vague expression to support theories about knowledge, goodness, truth, modality, obligation, vagueness. They also appeal to context in explaining various social practices. The details of such arguments rely on particular assumptions about what context is, and how it interacts with meaning. In this course, we examine these assumptions by drawing on research in philosophy, linguistics and cognitive science, questioning how such research informs or constrains philosophers’ exploitation of context.

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