Please note that most of the published material is available only to enrolled students. Links to publicly accessible copies are included where possible.
To view the PDFs, you will of course need a PDF reader. For the DjVu files, you will need a DjVu reader. Browser plugins for Windows and Mac OSX are available from Celartem; Linux users can likely just install the
djviewlibre package using their distro's package management system. A list of other DjVu resources is maintained at djvu.org. Why DjVu? Because DjVu is a file format specifically designed for scanned text: The DjVu encoder produces files that are typically much smaller than the corresponding PDFs. For example, the PDF for Russell's "On Denoting" is 1.5 MB; the DJVU, which was created from the PDF, is 278 KB, over five times smaller! The contrast for the Donnellan paper is even greater. The PDF is 2.3 MB; the DJVU is 313 KB, reduction of over seven times.
Another advantage to the DJVUs, at least as I've made them, is that they are two-to-a-page, which saves paper. But note: When printing these files, make sure you print them in the correct mode: 'landscape' or 'portrait'. In particular, two-to-a-page scanned pages should be printed in landscape mode, so that they come out the way they were photocopied. You will get very small text and a lot of blank paper if you print them portrait.
|21 January||Introductory Meeting|
|23, 26, 28 January||
Gottlob Frege, "On Sense and Meaning", in his Collected Papers, ed. by B. McGuiness, tr. by M. Black and P. Geach (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1984), pp. 157-77 (DJVU).
An earlier translation is available from JSTOR.
Gottlob Frege, "Comments on Sense and Meaning", in his Philosophical and Mathematical Correspondence, ed. by G. Gabriel, et al., tr. by H. Kall (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp. 118-25 (DJVU).
An excellent resource for questions about descriptions is Stephen Neale, Descriptions, which covers an enormous amount of material. Russell also discussion description in Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy.
Bertrand Russell, "Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Description", in Logical and Philosophical Papers, 1909-13, ed. by J. G. Slater (New York: Routledge), pp. 148-61 (DJVU)
Russell also discusses these issues further in Problems in Philosophy and "The Philosophy of Logical Atomism".
There are general issues here about presupposition' and other pragmatic phenomena. There is a good collection of papers on these matter entitled Pragmatics.
Topics for first short paper distributed
|16 February||No Class: Presidents' Day Holiday|
Saul Kripke, "Speaker's Reference and Semantic Reference", Midwest Studies in Philosophy 2 (1977), pp. 255-76 (DJVU)
See also the discussion in Neale's Descriptions. There is now a very large literature on these issues.
First short paper due
A Very Short Introduction to Modal Logic
|2 and 4 March||
Saul Kripke, Naming and Necessity, Lecture I
David Kaplan, "Dthat", in P. Cole, ed., Pragmatics (New York: Academic Press, 1978), pp. 221-43 (DJVU)
See also Kaplan's classic paper "Demonstratives".
Jason Stanley, "Modality and What Is Said" (PDF)
See also Gareth Evans, "Reference and Contingency"; Michael Dummett, Frege: Philosophy of Language, Appendix to Ch. 5; Jason Stanley, "Rigidity and Content"; Scott Soames, "Wide Scope and Rigid Designation". For some formal considerations, see Martin Davies and Lloyd Humberstone, "Two Notions of Necessity".
Topics for second short paper distributed
|16 and 18 March||
Saul Kripke, Naming and Necessity, Lecture IIhowever.
Second short paper due
No Class: Spring Break
|30 March and 1 April||
Saul Kripke, Naming and Necessity, Lecture II
|3 and 6 April||
Hilary Putnam, "The Meaning of 'Meaning'", in his Mind, Language, and Reality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975), pp. 215-71; you need only read up to p. 235 (DJVU)
|8 and 10 April||
Tyler Burge, "Individualism and the Mental", Midwest Studies in Philosophy 4 (1979), pp. 73-121; you should concentrate primarily on pp. 73-103 (DJVU)
See also Michael Dummett, "The Social Character of Language".
Jerry Fodor, "Methodological Solipsism Considered as a Research Strategy in Cognitive Psychology", in Representations, pp. 225-53 (DJVU)
Gabriel Segal, A Slim Book about Narrow Content, Chs. 1-2
Gabriel Segal, A Slim Book about Narrow Content, Ch. 3
Topics for third short paper distributed (undergrads only)
Gabriel Segal, A Slim Book about Narrow Content, Ch. 4
Gabriel Segal, A Slim Book about Narrow Content, Ch. 5
Third short paper due