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Philosophy 135: Theory of Meaning (Fall 2012, UC Berkeley). Instructor: Professor John Joseph Campbell. This course reviews

central issues in theory of meaning, in particular the relation between meaning and reference to objects. Theory of Meaning - Language as social behavior. Language compared to other sign systems. The foundations of semantics, truth, meaning, reference. Issues of logical form in belief sentences, indirect discourse, sentences about causality, events, actions. Relations between thought and language.

Course Curriculum

    • Lecture 01 – Frege – On Sense and Reference Unlimited
    • Lecture 02 – Frege – On Sense and Reference Unlimited
    • Lecture 03 – Searle – Proper Names Unlimited
    • Lecture 04 – Searle – Proper Names Unlimited
    • Lecture 05 – Russell – Descriptions Unlimited
    • Lecture 06 – Russell – Descriptions Unlimited
    • Lecture 07 – Kripke – Naming and Necessity Unlimited
    • Lecture 08 – Kripke – Naming and Necessity Unlimited
    • Lecture 09 – Kripke – Naming and Necessity Unlimited
    • Lecture 10 – Kripke – Naming and Necessity Unlimited
    • Lecture 11 – Putnam – Meaning and Reference Unlimited
    • Lecture 12 – Putnam – Meaning and Reference Unlimited
    • Lecture 13 – Putnam – Meaning and Reference Unlimited
    • Lecture 14 – Evans – The Causal Theory of Names Unlimited
    • Lecture 15 – Evans – The Causal Theory of Names Unlimited
    • Lecture 16 – Evans – The Causal Theory of Names Unlimited
    • Lecture 17 – Putnam – Brains in a Vat Unlimited
    • Lecture 18 – Putnam – Brains in a Vat Unlimited
    • Lecture 19 – Putnam – Brains in a Vat Unlimited
    • Lecture 20 – Dretske – Misrepresentation Unlimited
    • Lecture 21 – Dretske – Misrepresentation Unlimited
    • Lecture 22 – Fodor – Meaning and the World Order Unlimited
    • Lecture 23 – Fodor – Meaning and the World Order Unlimited
    • Lecture 24 – Wittgenstein – Philosophical Investigations Unlimited
    • Lecture 25 – Wittgenstein – Philosophical Investigations Unlimited
    • Lecture 26 – Kripke – Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language Unlimited
    • Lecture 27 – Kripke – Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language Unlimited
    • Lecture 28 – Prior – The Runabout Inference Ticket Unlimited
    • Lecture 29 – Prior – The Runabout Inference Ticket Unlimited
    • Lecture 30 – Davidson – Reality Without Reference Unlimited
    • Lecture 31 – Davidson – Reality Without Reference Unlimited
    • Lecture 32 – Pylyshyn – Connecting Vision with the World Unlimited
    • Lecture 33 – Russell – Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Description Unlimited
    • Lecture 34 – Review Unlimited

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