The Problem of Concept and Meaning

instructed by

Associate Prof. Metin BAL

ADU

Graduate School of SocIal ScIences

The Department of PhIlosophy

COURSE INFORMATION FORM

 

Felsefe Bölümü,

Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi,

Edebiyat Fakültesi Tınaztepe Yerleşkesi,

PK: 35260 , İzmir, Türkiye, Tel: ++ 90 (232) 412 79 03  - , Fax: ++ 90 (232) 453 90 93 

Web: www.metinbal.net

 

Name of Course

 The Problem of Concept and Meaning

Code of Course

 

Compulsory / Selective of Course

Elective

Level of Course

Graduate /MA

ECTS

5

Hours (T)

3

Semester of Course

Spring

Course Lecturer

Associate Prof. Metin BAL

Education system of the Course (Formal education, Distance education)

Formal/organized education (Örgün Eğitim)

Language of Course (Turkish, English, German)

Turkish

Course Objectives

 

This course introduces students to the problems concerning “concept” and “meaning”. Readings of the course try to explore possible answers in analytic and continental philosophy. Philosophers studied include Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Locke, Humboldt, Herder, Kant, Hegel, Dilthey, Saussure, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Peirce, Barthes, Derrida, etc.

Course Content

 

WEEKLY BASED DETAILED COURSE CONTENTS

 

 

 

Subjects

Theoretic

Practice

1

Plato’s understanding of concept and meaning: Kratylos

 

2

“Meaning” according to Aristotle: Peri Hermeneias

 

3

Aristotle’s Categories

 

4

Problem of universals: nominalism, realism, conceptualism

 

5

The empiricist principle of Locke

 

6

Kant’s concept and Idea

 

7

Saussure and Semiotics

 

8

MIDTERM EXAM

 

9

Heidegger’s language and Being

 

10

Limits of language and world: Wittgenstein

 

11

“Philosophy of language and theory of science”, Rudiger Bubner.

 

12

Sartre, Words

 

13

Viktor Shklovsky and writing

 

14

Roland Barthes, Empire of Signs

 

15

Derrida, Différance

 

16

Baudrillard, Simulation and Simulacra, Symbolic Exchange and Death.

 

17

FINAL EXAM  

 

 

SHARING EDUCATION MATERIAL AND ADVANCED SOURCES

Barber, Charles (1967) The Story of Language, London: Pan Books LTD

Adler, J, George (1866) Wilhelm Von Humboldt's Linguistical Studies, New York: Press of Wynkoop & Hallenbeck.

Heidegger, Martin (1982) On the Way to Language, trn. By Peter D. Hertz, Harper San Francisco, Harper Collins Publishers

Wardy, Robert (1998) The Birth of Rhetoric, Gorgias, Plato and Their Successors,London and New York: Routledge

Derrida, Jacques (1978) Writing and Difference, trs. with an Introduction and Additional Notes by Alan Bass, Chicago: The University of Chicago.

Derrida, Jacques (1998) Of Grammatology Tr. by G.C. Spivak, Batlimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Derrida, Jacques (1999) Différance, Toplumbilim Dergisi, Sayı 10, Ağustos, İstanbul: Kardeşler Matbaası.

Saussure, Ferdinand de (1959) Course in General Linguistics, ed. Charles Bally and Albert Sechehaye, trans. Wade Baskin, New York: McGray-Hill.

Sheriff, John K. (1989) The Fate of Meaning, Princeton Unv. Press. Princeton, New Jersey.

Altınörs, Atakan (2000) Dil Felsefesi Sözlüğü, İstanbul: Paradigma.

Nietzsche: Retorik Üzerine Ders Notlar (1874)

Saussure: Genel Dilbilim Dersleri (1916)

Bubner, Rudiger (1993) Modern Alman Felsefesi, çev. Aziz Yardımlı, İstanbul: İdea Yayınevi.

C. K. Ogden: Anlamın Anlamı (1922)

Freud: Psikanalize Giriş Dersleri (1917)

Sartre: Sözcükler (1964)

Victor Şklovski: Düzyazı Kuramı Üstüne (1925)

Roland Barthes: Eleştiri ve Hakikat (1966)

Roland Barthes: Semiotik Sorgulama.

Roland Barthes: Yazının Sıfır Derecesi.

Kant, Immanuel (1965) Critique of Pure Reason , tr. by Norman Kemp Smith, New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Kant, I. (1952). The Critique of Judgment, trans. by. J.C. Meredith, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Hegel, G.W.F. (1971). Wissenschaft der Logik II,  Werke, VI, ed. Eva Moldenhauer and Karl

Marcus Michel, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

Heidegger, Martin, (1962), Being and Time, tr. by: John Macquarrie & Edward Robinson, New York: Harper and Row Publishers.

Gadamer, H (1983) “Hermeneutics as practical philosophy”. in F.G. Lawrence (tr. by), Reason in the age of science (ss. 88-138) Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Heidegger, Martin, (1969), Discourse on Thinking, tr. by: John M. Anderson and E. Hans Freund, New York: Harper & Row.

Heidegger, Martin, (1996), Wegmarken, Gesamtausgabe, I.Abteilung: Veröffentlichte Schriften 1910-1976, Band 9, Frankfurt am Main: Vittorio Klostermann.

Heidegger, Martin, (1983), Denkerfahrungen, 1910-1976, Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann.

Wittgeinstein, Ludwig (1961) Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, trans. D. F. Pears and B.F. McGuinness, London: Routledge&Kegan Paul.

 

Inwood, Michael (1999) A Heidegger Dictionary, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

 

 

 

Additional Auxiliary Activities Recommended For Participants

Short-term activities:

1-) Participants of this course are expected to give a presentation on the major work of related philosopher to see to what extend knows the graduate student his/her subject.

2-) Archieve research on the primary and secondary sources of the subject.

3-) Biographical study about the philosopher.

4-) Study of chronological list of the complete works of related subject.

5-) Submission of weekly study of technical terms of the subject.

6-) The participants are expected to be interdisciplinary and to get in contact with other sciences.

Long-term activities:

7-) The participants are expected to immerse themselves in building foreign language skills.

8-) Retrospective and prospective readings in the history of philosophy about the subject.

 
 

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