Language and logic

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at an in-depth understanding of a current debate or research topic in the philosophy of language and logic.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of the main topics of the contemporary debate in the fields of philosophy of language and logic and the critical ability to discuss these topics.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students will be able to analyze complex problems within the philosophy of language and logic and to identify possible solutions to these problems. They will also be able to apply the skills and knowledge acquired to various research fields.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
During the emergency teaching phase, the program is maintained with the following changes, which are to ensure for a good online use of the course originally designed for face-to-face teaching:

Teaching methods:
Lessons will be held mainly in videoconference using Teams. All lessons will be recorded and made available in the online course.
Students who do not participate in face-to-face lessons will carry out an alternative online activity that will allow them to develop the same skills as the activity proposed in the classroom.
The lesson calendar and all the details of the activities will be published in the online course by the start of the lessons. Any updates will also be communicated through notices in the online course (consult often the mail @
The methods and criteria for participating in face-to-face lessons, which require a reservation with the appropriate app, will be published in time in the online course
Those who, unable to attend face-to-face lessons, follow the instructions for carrying out alternative online activities are also considered attending.

Reference materials:
Those who frequent the course, in addition to the bibliography already reported in the program, must refer to all the lessons, materials and resources published in the online course.

Learning assessment procedures and assessment criteria:
The exam is oral and is held in Teams, according to the indications provided by the University. During the online course, the details and schedules of the oral exam are published and constantly updated.
It should be noted that the entire oral exam is carried out using the textbook (open book exam). During the oral examination, the student must therefore demonstrate that he can use the texts in the analysis of the proposed problems.
Course syllabus
The relationship between everyday language and logic is illustrated using a selection of examples. At the end of the course, the participants will have the knowledge and skills to analyze some logical problems of everyday language.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific requirements
Teaching methods
Group labour
Online discussion
Online activities
Teaching Resources
Dohrn, Daniel 2020. Counterfactual Conditionals. Orthodoxy and its Challenges. Milano: Mimesis.
Dohrn, Daniel 2020. The Non-Maximality Solution to Counterfactual Scepticism. Synthese.
Lewis, David 1973. Counterfactuals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Stalnaker, Robert, 'A 1968. Theory of Conditionals', Studies in Logical Theory. American Philosophical Quarterly Monograph, 2, 98-112.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Methods for verifying learning and evaluation criteria
Oral: The oral test consists of an interview on the topics and activities included in the program, aimed at ascertaining the knowledge and skills acquired.
During the tests will be evaluated:
- the level of knowledge of the theory (exposition);
- the ability to exemplify concepts (understanding);
- the autonomy of judgment in collecting and interpreting the elements useful for solving theoretical problems, through the use and application of concepts (development);
- communication skills in terms of language adequacy in expressing the acquired skills and related problems.
The face-to-face and online activities proposed during the course contribute to the final evaluation of a maximum of 6 points out of 30.
Unita' didattica A
M-FIL/05 - PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY OF LANGUAGE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-FIL/05 - PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY OF LANGUAGE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-FIL/05 - PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY OF LANGUAGE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Zucchi Alessandro