Courses: Topics in the Philosophy of Language: Metaphor, Meaning, and the Dialogical Mind (PHILH352B01)

Spring 2012

Description: This course explores the nature of language with special attention to the origin of meaning and metaphor in the dialogical mind. Topics include: primary meaning: literal, symbolic, metaphoric; metaphor, truth and reality; analogy and imagination; hermeneutics of communication and translatability; meditative meaning and the limits of language; indeterminacy and ambiguity across diverse language-worlds; voice and speech as determinants of meaning and the dynamics of dialogue between worlds. A unifying theme focuses on releasing the power of meaning in the transformation from egocentric patterns of thought to the dialogical awakening of mind. Readings include selections from such diverse thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Sommers, Derrida and Nagarjuna and others. This course is interdisciplinary; it satisfies a divisional requirement but no Major or Minor requirement.

Syllabus: View course syllabus

Prerequisites: One Phil course at the 200 level and Junior standing.

Fulfills: HU III Limit:30


Philosophy (Web site)

Taught By

Ashok Gangadean (Profile)


Haverford, Gest 101

Meeting Times

TTh 11:30-1:00