Frege and Tarski, Hilary Term 2018
Below is the (provisional) schedule for a course of lectures for the Final Honour School paper 108, Philosophy of Logic and Language. The lectures will provide a broadly historical introduction to various themes in the philosophy of logic and language, focusing on the work of Frege and Tarski. Key readings — and lecture slides, as they become available — are provided for each topic.
1. Frege's Conception of Logic
Key reading: John Macfarlane (2002) ‘Frege, Kant, and the Logic in Logicism’ in The Philosophical Review 111(1), pp. 25-65.
2. Frege's Innovations in Logic
Key reading: Michael Dummett (1981) Frege: Philosophy of Language, 2nd edition (Duckworth), Ch. 2, esp. pp. 9-22.
3. Sense and Reference I
Key reading: Gottlob Frege (1893) ‘Über Sinn und Bedeutung’, translated as ‘On Sinn and Bedeutung’ in (1997) The Frege Reader, ed. by Michael Beaney (Blackwell).
4. Sense and Reference II
Key reading: Gottlob Frege (1918) ‘Der Gedanke’, translated as ‘Thought’ in (1997) The Frege Reader, ed. by Michael Beaney (Blackwell).
5. Tarski on Truth
Key reading: Alfred Tarski (1944) ‘The Semantic Conception of Truth’ in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 4(3), pp. 341-76.
6. The Liar Paradox
Key reading: JC Beall, Michael Glanzberg, and David Ripley (2011/16) ‘Liar Paradox’ in E. Zalta, ed. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
NOTE: If the planned strike goes ahead, there will be no lecture in 6th week.
7. Logical Consequence
Key reading: John Etchemendy (2008) ‘Reflections on Consequence’ in Douglas Patterson, ed. New Essays on Tarski and Philosophy (OUP).
8. Logical Constants
Key reading: John Macfarlane (2005/15) ‘Logical Constants’ in E. Zalta, ed. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
NOTE: If the planned strike goes ahead, there will be no lecture in 8th week.