Phil 794S: Seminar - Speech Act Theory

Spring 2002 - Kevin C. Klement


Course Description:

Close examination of speech act theory and its relation to philosophy, with a particular emphasis on the work of J. L. Austin. Topics include performative utterances, locutionary, illocutionary and perlocutionary acts, conversational implicature, and the relationship between pragmatics and semantics. We shall also be exploring the potential relevance (or lack thereof) of these things to traditional philosophical problems in ethics, epistemology and metaphysics. Texts: works by Austin, Searle, Grice, Cavell, Strawson, Martinich, Vanderveken, and/or others. Requirements: weekly reading assignments, seminar presentations and term paper. Prerequisites: graduate student status, or consent of instructor.

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