Philosophical Problems
Faculteit  Wijsbegeerte 
Jaar  2022/23 
Vakcode  FI183BK 
Vaknaam  Philosophical Problems 
Niveau(s)  bachelor 
Voertaal  Engels 
Periode  semester II b 
ECTS  5 
Rooster  rooster.rug.nl 
Uitgebreide vaknaam  Philosophical Problems and their Logical Solutions  
Leerdoelen  The aim of this course is that at the end of the course students will:
 Frege’s puzzle and the Electra paradox (Frege, Wittgenstein, Kripke)  Rigid designators and the meaning of names and descriptions (Russell, Quine, Hintikka, Stalnaker)
 Semantic tableaux for firstorder modal logic  Predicate abstraction


Omschrijving  This course focusses on the book Firstorder Modal Logic by Melvin Fitting and Richard Mendelsohn. Firstorder modal logic is technically challenging, and faces lots of philosophical problems, such as:  Parmenides’ problem of NonBeing: Can we speak and think about things that do not exist in a sensible way? If so, what then are we thinking and speaking of? If not, what do we mean when we say that Santaclaus does not exist?  Frege’s problem: how can we best express that “the Morning Star equals the Evening Star” has a different meaning than “The Morning Star is the Morning Star”, while we also think that both terms designate Venus?  The distinction between De Re and De Dicto: when you say that the president will once be a woman, you do not mean that Trump will one day be a woman, but when you say that the president minister will one day be impeached you are talking about Trump. How can we formally distinguish these two meanings of “prime minister”? In the book these problems are tackled in technically sophisticated and philosophically well thought out ways. 

Uren per week  
Onderwijsvorm 
(Lectures) 

Toetsvorm 
(Written exam/essay) 

Vaksoort  bachelor  
Coördinator  Dr. B.P. Kooi  
Docent(en)  Dr. B.P. Kooi  
Verplichte literatuur 


Entreevoorwaarden  Propositional logic, firstorder logic, set theory  
Opmerkingen  
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