Subjective meaning

Prof Chris Kennedy  

The course will take place on December 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, from 12:30-16:30, in the LLCC seminar room.

The course will investigate the semantics and pragmatics of language used to express subjective perspectives about taste, experience, aesthetic judgment, normative judgment, and so forth. We will identify the challenge of subjective language for traditional, truth-conditional theories of linguistic meaning, and lay out leading responses in the literature to this challenge. Additionally, we will take a closer look at key empirical features of subjective language, which distinguish it from objective language. We will ask how different approaches to subjectivity explain these properties, with particular attention to recent work aimed at accounting for subjectivity within a descriptivist/truth             -conditional semantics.