Phil 584 – Philosophy of Language

Fall 2001. Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15-12:30 in 319 Bartlett
Prof. Kevin Klement (Please call me "Kevin".)


Course description:

This course covers selected topics in contemporary analytic philosophy of language, including meaning, reference, naming, truth, speech acts, propositional attitudes, translation, and the nature of linguistic representation.

Contact info:

My office is 353 Bartlett Hall. My office phone is 545-5784. My office hours are Tu 2:00-3:00, W 1:00-2:00 and most other times by appointment. Feel free to drop by any time I'm in my office. You may also e-mail me at or call me at home at 259-1154.


The Philosophy of Language , ed. A. P. Martinich (4th ed., Oxford, 2000). The text is available at Atticus Bookstore in downtown Amherst.

Course requirements:

Your final grade will be based on the following requirements, (1) in-class participation (10%), (2) three exams (20% each), and (3) a term paper (30%).

Exams: You will take three in-class essay exams, one in mid-October, one in mid-November and one during finals week. Each will deal with the material covered in the preceding third of the course. Study guides for each exam will be distributed beforehand.

Term Paper: Each student is expected to write a 10-15 page term paper that aims to contribute something original to the discussion of any of the philosophical issues discussed in the course. The amount of outside research done for the paper is left to your discretion, but at least a brief look at the more important outside sources on your topic is recommended. You are encouraged to speak to me about your paper in advance, and if possible, submit one or more rough drafts. The paper is due at the end of finals week.

See also the Course Reading Schedule

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