ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018

Common Curriculum course for first-year students which introduces great works from Chinese, Greco-Roman, and Indian intellectual traditions up to the medieval period. Topics covered include what makes the good life, what it is to be human, what the self is or might be, how it is that we know, what constitutes good government.

Doing Things with Words (draft syllabus April 13 2017)
With a system of sounds and marks, human beings are able to share knowledge, coordinate actions, prompt emotional responses, and make things like marriages and names come into existence. This course will consider what both Sanskrit and Anglophone philosophers have to say about speech acts. We will start with Mīmāṃsā, known as the “science of sentences”, and think about how commands and exhortations work. We will then turn to J.L. Austin’s seminal How to Do Things with Words, which introduced speech act theory to Anglophone philosophy. The course will close with some contemporary attempts to integrate Mīmāṃsā and speech act theory.

Semester 2:
I will be on study leave during January - May 2018.

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