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PH130 Meaning and Communication

Guy Longworth

6 CATs

Please see below for updated information on seminars and essays for this module (updated 27/4/11)

Note of resources for this module: most are available via the library journals page:

For those who haven't yet obtained a copy of Studies in the Way of Words, "Meaning Revisited" is included on the slides page below (you'll need to log in).

This module introduces some issues in the philosophy language by considering relations between logic, meaning and communication. It is normally available only in conjunction with PH126 Starting Logic.

Module tutor: Guy Longworth email: g dot longworth at mac dot com

Seminar Tutors:

Groups 3, 3a, 4, 4a: Hemdat Lerman email: h dot lerman at warwick dot ac dot uk

Groups 1, 1a, 2, 2a: Riccardo Finozzi email: R dot Finozzi at warwick dot ac dot uk

Handouts and slides from lectures

Will appear here.


This module is loosely based on Paul Grice's book Studies in the Way of Words (Harvard University Press, 1989). The best text on issues in the philosophy of language relevant to this module is Reading Philosophy of Language edited by Jennifer Hornsby and Guy Longworth (Blackwell, 2006).

Students taking this course are strongly advised to buy and read both books, Studies in the Way of Words and Reading Philosophy of Language.


Thursdays, 12noon-2pm, Room L5.

Lectures begin 28 April.


Every student taking this course must join a seminar group and attend two seminars.

Seminars begin in either week 2 or week 3, depending on seminar group. Groups 1-4 meet in weeks 2 and 4. Groups 1a-4a meet in weeks 3 and 5.

Sign up for seminars using reporttool (This function is now operational)

Seminar attendance will be recorded.

For each seminar an essay is assigned. You may not attend a seminar unless you have handed in the essay for that seminar


The essay list for seminars will be distributed in the lecture and also appear here.

Email your essay to your seminar tutor by 1pm on the day before the seminar (or make special arrangements in advance with the seminar tutor if you wish to submit work on paper).

Seminar tutors will not normally mark late essays.

Although it is important to explain the extant views that you discuss, you should also aim to develop your own ideas in writing an essay, rather than simply trying to recapitulate lecture handouts.

Your essay should be based on the ‘essential reading’ listed for each topic. Essays based on low quality material found with google the night before will not normally be marked.

Further Topics for Revision

Further essay topics for revision purposes may be found here.