Introduction to Philosophy of Language

Illustration of a girl with chicken pox and a boy watching a clock.

This illustration is based on H.P. Grice's definitions of meaning. He divided meaning into two categories: natural and nonnatural. According to Grice, nonnatural meaning depends on people's intentions in a way that natural meaning does not. (Image by MIT OpenCourseWare.)


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Spring 2006



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This course is an introduction to the philosophy of language. It examines different views on the nature of meaning, truth and reference, with special focus on the problem of understanding how linguistic communication works.

Rayo, Agustín. 24.251 Introduction to Philosophy of Language, Spring 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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