Prof. Agustín Rayo
The seminar will be devoted to understanding what we're up to when we ascribe contents to a person's assertions and mental attitudes. We seek to make clear the rules of the game for the philosophy of language. We'll survey classic discussions of the issue by Field, Lewis and Stalnaker. But much of the emphasis of the class will be on getting clear about the limitations of our theoretical tools. I'd like to focus on places where our theorizing runs into trouble, or breaks down altogether.
Rayo, Agustín. 24.729 Topics in Philosophy of Language: Modeling Representation, Spring 2009. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/24-729-topics-in-philosophy-of-language-modeling-representation-spring-2009 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA