Seminar on analytical philosophy texts

lfilo1355  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar on analytical philosophy texts
3 credits
30.0 h
Guay Alexandre; Ruyant Quentin (compensates Guay Alexandre);
Main themes
Explications of celebrated texts by founding fathers of contemporary logic and philosophy of language.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course aims at providing students with tools that would allow them to read, to interpret and to comment on philosophical texts of analytical style. At the end of the course they should in particular be able to understand what is at stake in the philosophical debates concerning logic and language and, if they wish it, to commence a research in this area. Moreover, they will be able to locate these texts in the overall context of philosophy.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The choice of texts will reflect the diversity of subjects and styles in analytical philosophy. The texts will be taken from volumes of the collection 'texte clé' (Vrin), which gathers French translations of seminal texts in analytic philosophy. Texts will be taken in priority from the 'Philosophie du langage (I / II)' volumes, and in particular texts from Frege, Russell, Austin, Quine, Putnam and Kripke.
Teaching methods
This course will mostly consist of discussions around the studied texts, in the order planed by the professor. Students will form groups and choose their assigned texts during the first session (assisted by the professor). During the remaining sessions, each text and its context will be presented by the assigned group, which will direct the discussion.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation consists of two elements: general participation in class (50%) and an exam in which the students will be asked to explain a text chosen from the analytical philosophy corpus (50%).
During the second session, the evaluation consists of the participation grade plus a new exam. If the participation grade has already been used or is absent, the evaluation will consist of the new exam + 5 review essays.
Other information
Online resources
Ambroise, Bruno, and Sandra Laugier. 2009. Philosophie du langage Vol. I : signification, vérité et réalité. J. Vrin.
Ambroise, Bruno, and Sandra Laugier. 2011. Philosophie du langage Vol. II : sens, usage et contexte. J. Vrin.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Bachelor in Philosophy