FIL4420 – Logic and philosophy of language with long essay

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Course content

The focus of the course may vary from one year to another, but it will be based on current central problems within the philosophy of language and the philosophical aspects of logic. The seminar will be based on philosophical texts; current relevant articles as well as original texts.

Learning outcome

The aim is to give students an in depth knowledge of a specific topic in the philosophy of language or logic. Through active participation in class, students will develop the ability to express themselves in academic forms, and give qualified contributions within this specific field.


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Only master degree students in Philosophy (master's two years) can formally enroll, and take the course for credits. The 30-credits version of the course is available only for students who choose to write a MA-essay, FIL4091 – Master's essay in philosophy, instead of a Master's Thesis, FIL4090 – Master's thesis in philosophy, and therefore need further 30 credits.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FIL4400 – Logic and philosophy of language


28 hours of seminar.

Teaching takes place throughout the semester with two hours per week. Active participation from the students throughout the seminar is expected.

All students must complete the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • An oral presentation in class during the seminar
  • Mandatory presence at the seminars (you must be present minimum 10 out of 14 times.)


A semester essay of approximately 25-50 pages à 2.300 characters, excl. bibliography. The topic must be approved of by the responsible teacher.

The essay is to be handed in in Fronter within the deadline published on the semester pages.

When you write an essay you are entitled to receive individual tutoring. However, this requires that you submit a draft to your teacher. An exact deadline for handing in the draft will be given by the teacher during the seminar.

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.

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.

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