Philosophical Logic and Philosophy of Language
Volker Halbach and Tim Williamson
Hilary Term 2007
Lecture Room 4, New College
Each week we will discuss one reading, which everyone attending is expected
to have read. Discussion will be introduced by Tim Williamson in week 1, by
Volker Halbach in week 4 and by students in the remaining weeks. Student introduction
should be short (10-15 minutes), summarizing the main ideas and possibly raising
a question or two.
- David Kaplan: "Thoughts on Demonstratives" in P. Yourgrau (ed.),
Demonstratives (Oxford, Oxford Readings in Philosophy), 1990. As background
reading we recommend "Dthat" in the same volume.
- Robert Stalnaker: "Possible Worlds", Nous 10 (1976), 65-75, available
- Hartry Field: "Deflationist Views of Meaning and Content", Mind
103 (1994), 247-285, reprinted in Field's Truth and the Absence of Facts,
- Saul Kripke: "Outline of a Theory of Truth", Journal of Philosophy
72 (1975), 690-712, reprinted in ] Robert L. Martin, Recent essays on truth
and the Liar paradox, Clarendon Press and Oxford University Press, 1984. The
mathematical aspects of Kripke's theory are elaborated in Vann McGee: Truth,
Vagueness, and Paradox: An Essay on the Logic of Truth, Hackett Publishing,
Indianapolis and Cambridge, 1991.
- Alfred Tarski: "What Are Logical Notions?", History and Philosophy
of Logic 7 (1986), 143-154.
- John Etchemendy: "Tarski on Truth and Logical Consequence", Journal
of Symbolic Logic 53 (1988), 51-79. This session will be conducted by Alexander
- George Bealer: "Universals", Journal of Philosophy 90 (1993),
- Mark Crimmins and John Perry: "The prince and the phone booth: Reporting
puzzling beliefs", Journal of Philosophy 86 (1989), 685-711.