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Course content

The course may be given in several variants, based on one or more of the following core areas in philosophy of language:

(1) Truth. What is truth? Is truth a genuine property that some sentences or utterances possess? If so, what type of property is it? Various theories of truth.

(2) Meaning. What is linguistic meaning? What is the relationship between truth and meaning?

(3) Thought, utterances and context. Speech act theory. Grice's theory of implications.How does extralinguistic context affect our understanding and interpretation of utterances?

(4) Reference. How does language connect with reality? How should we understand the semantic relationship between singular terms and things? How are proper names, definite descriptions and indexicals related to objects in the world?

(5) Propositional attitudes and interpretation. How should we understand expressions for belief and other attitudes to propositional contents? How do we express our own, and how do we report others’ propositional attitudes?

Learning outcome

After having completed the course you are expected to:

  • be able to demonstrate a thorough insight in problems of philosophy of language, and also be able to discuss different views critically in writing
  • be able to give a precise and argumentative oral presentation of a central problem in philosophy of language
  • be able to demonstrate an overview of differences, similarities and connections between different views within philosophy of language, and also be able to give critical assessments of the different views


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Recommended previous knowledge

FIL1006 - Introduction to logic

Overlapping courses

  • 5 credits overlap with FIL2401
  • 5 credits overlap with FIL2402


12 double sessions with seminars. All students are expected to participate in an active manner.


A portofolio exam which consists of 3 different parts; 2 2-pages papers and one final paper of 6 pages. One page should be of approximately 2300 characters The portofolio will be given one final grade based on a final assessment of all the parts.

The topics will be published in Canvas, but the final portfolio is to be submitted in Inspera.

Evaluation criteria fall 2018.


Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


All courses are subject to continuous evaluation. The Department's assessments of courses are
available at our web-pages but generally only in Norwegian.

Facts about this course






Spring 2021

The course is not offered autumn 2020.


Spring 2021

The course is not offered autumn 2020.

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