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PH130 Meaning and Communication 2007-8

Guy Longworth and Stephen Butterfill

6 CATs

This module is available only in conjunction with PH126 Starting Logic. It aims to provide a gentle introduction to the philosophy language by considering relations between logic, meaning and communication.

New: Essay 2

The reading and question for Essay 2 [pdf]. This appeared on the handout for Lecture 5--if you already have that handout you don't need to download this.


Please see new Seminar Schedule for changes to Thursday and Friday seminar groups



Module Tutors:

Guy Longworth

Stephen Butterfill


Seminar Leaders:

Michael Fenton

Richard Moore

Daniel O'Brien


This course is loosely based on 'Meaning' (chapter 14) and ‘Logic and Conversation’ (chapters 1–7) in Paul Grice’s book Studies in the Way of Words (Harvard University Press, 1989).
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Lectures will be on Tuesdays 11am-12noon, room S0.21 and Thursdays 2pm-3pm, room H0.51.

Reading for the first lecture is "Prolegomena", chapter 1 in Grice's book, available from the resources page.

Lecture slides are also available from the resources page.



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.

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.
Questions and readings are available from the resources page.
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.


Essays you submit should contain only your own work.
If a student were to submit a copied or plagiarised essay, seminar group leaders may refuse to mark any further work submitted by that student.

Seminar group leaders are asked to record any incidents in students’ personal files.


Information from the 2006-7 version of this module

... can be found here