Theories of Meaning National Taiwan University
This course is the fourth (in fact, the last) of the series of tutorial based courses on fundamental topics in the philosophy of language and logic. As I have remarked in the introduction to the series, I have chosen as the starting point the course ‘Theories of Reference’, and then two courses The Concept of Existence and Theories of Truth follow. I would then expect that the interested student may have already had a nodding acquaintance with the philosophical concepts of reference, truth, and existence, and related issues. In particular, the student should have some brief ideas about what a theory of reference/truth/existence is intended to do and may have some background knowledge of the main theses of and disputes between different philosophers/schools with regard to the philosophical issues related to these concepts.
The main concern of this course is to pay further attention to the most fundamental issue: Granted that a sentence is true, what does the sentence mean when it is stated, or asserted? From a philosophical point of view, to answer a question of this kind, we need to have clear picture of what the concept of meaning is. It is the main burden of this course to give a brief introduction to a variety of conceptions of meaning and to various different approaches to a theory of meaning.
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Chin Mu Yang
Graduate Institute of Philosophy
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