Philosophy 4914
Philosophy of Language
9:30-10:20 M W F 214 Coates
Exam 1 Test Help
Things to be able to define and/or explain:
a priori [Ayer Chapter 1 handout]
a posteriori [Ayer Chapter 1 handout]
analytic [Ayer Chapter 1 handout]
synthetic [Ayer Chapter 1 handout]
Weak Verifiability analytic [Ayer Chapter 1 handout]
Strong Verifiability [Ayer Chapter 1 handout]
Verifiability in Practice [Ayer Chapter 1 handout]
In Principle Verifiability [Ayer Chapter 1 handout]
rationalist [in class]
empiricist [Ayer Chapter 4 handout]
Correspondence theory of truth [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Coherence theory of truth [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Pragmatist theory of truth [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Redundancy Thesis [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Quine-Duhem hypothesis [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Familiarity of Principle [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Scope [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Fecundity [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Level of Confirmation [Ayer Chapter 5 handout]
Quine's Socratic Assumption [4.3]
Epistemological holism [4.4]
Radical translation [4.7]
Stimulus meaning [4.7]
Epistemological skepticism [4.7]
Constitutive skepticism [4.7]
Arguments to be able to explicate and evaluate: [Note: explication involves clearly explaining the premises, reasoning, and conclusion such that a smart undergraduate who had no knowledge of the relevant philosophy would understand what you are saying. Evaluation involves considering (even if ultimately to reject) the strongest possible reasons for taking the argument to either have one or more false premises or to have faulty reasoning.]
Quine's criticism of the positivist's account of truth by convention [3.4]
The reason synthetic a priori truths are philosophically problematic [Ayer Chapter 4 handout]
Ayer's argument that there are no synthetic-a priori truths [Ayer Chapter 4 handout]
Ayer's argument against Mill's empiricism about the a priori [Ayer Chapter 4 handout]
The first argument from "Two Dogmas" (and Grice and Strawson's critique) [4.2 and 4.3]
The second argument from "Two Dogmas" (and Wright's critique) [4.4 and 4.5]
The argument from below (and Evans' critique) [4.7 and 4.8]
The argument from above (and Kirk's critique) [4.9]

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