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Language and thought: Introducing representation

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How does what you say come to mean something? Does what you say inherently represent what you, the speaker, think it means, whatever that might be, or does what you say carry its own meaning, separate from your intentions in saying it? This free course, Language and thought: Introducing representation, introduces you to the key questions about how meaning is conveyed in language.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss basic philosophical questions concerning language and thought
  • understand problems concerning language and thought and discuss them in a philosophical way.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Friday 15th January 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Philosophy
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Language and thought: Introducing representation


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This course introduces key questions about language and thought, such as how can language, which is public and accessible, be used to convey thoughts, which seem hidden from view.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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