LMU, summer semester 2017. Insults, Lies, and Bullshit: Speech Acts and Content in the Philosophy of Language

This course approaches the philosophy of language through distinctively linguistic issues that arise from ethical discourse.

We will consider ethically significant speech acts like lying, consenting, and silencing; ethically significant words and phrases, like slurs and generalisations; and the language of ethics itself, including terms like ‘right’, ‘wrong’, and ‘murder’.

Module outline now available.

St Leonards School, 2013-2014. How do we know what people mean by the words they use?

This introduction to the philosophy of language was devised during my time as Associate Researcher at St Leonards and delivered to two classes of high-school students as part of the International Baccalaureate course Theory of Knowledge. We began with the naive schema S means that p iff S utters 'p' before amending the schema to accommodate context-sensitivity, implicature, and vagueness.

University of St Andrews, 2012-2016. Tutorials

Reasoning and Knowledge (Logic and Epistemology)
Reasoning (Informal logic and formal logic up to quantified natural deduction)
Formal and Philosophical Logic
Mind and Reality (Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics)
Metaphysics and Science
Foundations of Western Philosophy (Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Sceptics, and Epicureans)
Moral and Political Controversies
Rationality and Action (Metaethics)