Course content:
Mental and linguistic representations essentially have semantic properties—meaning, content, reference or aboutness. This course focuses on the foundations of the semantic properties of representations. It asks: what makes it the case that an arbitrary representation has the intentional or semantic properties that it does, rather than some other semantic properties, or none at all? Reductionists hold that the semantic properties supervene on some class of properties that are characterizable in non-semantic terms (such as physical properties, normative properties, or phenomenal properties); anti-representationalists hold that there are no robust or substantive semantic properties; and primitivists hold that semantic properties are fundamental.

The course will begin with an introduction to the tripartite debate, and consideration of modal epistemology—how we can come to know whether or not a supervenience thesis is true. We will then go on to consider in more detail reductionism, anti-representationalism, and primitivism.

Teacher: Anandi Hattiangadi

Language: The language of instruction will be English. Assignments may be completed in English or Swedish.

Course dates: September 5 – October 18

Course schedule: Se Schema för Teoretisk filosofi magisterkurs

Literature:
The primary course literature will be draft chapters of a monograph under preparation by the course provider. In addition to these chapters and articles, there will be a substantial list of further reading. For each session, there will be some required readings, which will form the basis of discussion, and additional background readings.

Evaluation:
20% presentation in class, 80% term paper

Term Paper:
The term paper should be no more than 4000 words, on any topic related to the course content.