Philosophy Of Language B PHIL5009

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

A Masters level course in the Philosophy of Language which develops undergraduate level understanding of the field towards a foundation for postgraduate research in Philosophy.


6 two-hour seminars and 2 one-hour occasional tutorials. In addition to the 2 one-hour tutorials, students receive (1) immediate oral feedback on presentations at seminars; (2) written feedback on short non-assessed essays written during the semester; (3) availability of course lecturers during office hours.

This course may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level with the first degree being in Philosophy.

Excluded Courses

All courses in Philosophy associated with the MLitt Philosophy.




One essay of 4000-5000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop students' undergraduate level understanding of the Philosophy of Language to a level which allows them to engage with contemporary positions and arguments in the field

■ Enable students to articulate and critically evaluate their own position within these contemporary issues

■ Provide a foundation in this field for future engagement in original research in Philosophy

■ Provide the opportunity to achieve a foundation that equips the student for research leading to a Ph.D. in the following areas: Pragmatics including the theory of speech-acts and conversational implicature, Davidson's philosophy of language and Quine's.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able:

■ To explain the leading contemporary positions and arguments in the Philosophy of Language

■ To articulate arguments for and against these theories, and compare them fruitfully and critically

■ To recognise and incorporate contemporary positions and arguments in the Philosophy of Language into their developing research fields where relevant

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's

summative assessment.