28384 - Philosophy of Language (LM)

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Understanding of the philosophical debate on the nature of truth with particular attention to the main monist theories and of the pluralist theories.

Course contents

Meta-metaphysics and meta-ontology: the nature of metaphysics and ontology

The course aims to present the contemporary debate on the nature of metaphysics and ontology. In particular, the course will address questions related to the so-called meta-metaphysics and meta-ontology: what are metaphysics and ontology about? How do we know the metaphysical and ontological truths? Are metaphysics and ontology a priori? Do the disagreements in metaphysics and ontology have a point or are they just verbal disputes that give rise to pseudo-problems? What is the relationship between metaphysics and ontology?


The course will be based on two introductions on meta-metaphysics and meta-ontology:

Tahko, Tuomas E. (2015). An Introduction to Metametaphysics. Cambridge University Press.

Berto, Francesco & Plebani, Matteo (2015). Ontology and Metaontology. A Contemporary Guide. Bloomsbury Academic.

In addition some further texts will be taken from:

Chalmers, D. ; Manley, D. & Wasserman, R. (eds.) (2009). Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology. Oxford University Press.


The complete syllabus (complete bibliography, exam methods, lesson calendar, etc.) is available on e-learning here: https://iol.unibo.it/mod/resource/view.php?id=132433

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, peer instruction method.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment with online comprehension tests and peer instruction method. Paper to be written by the end of the course and oral exam.

I will use these verification criteria to determine the following evaluation thresholds:

30 and praise excellent proof, both in knowledge and in the critical and expressive articulation.

30 excellent test, complete knowledge, well articulated and correctly expressed, with some critical ideas.

27-29 good test, comprehensive and satisfactory knowledge, substantially correct expression.

24-26 discrete test, knowledge present in the substantial points, but not exhaustive and not always correctly articulated.

21-23 sufficient proof, knowledge present in a sometimes superficial way, but the general thread is understood. Short and often inappropriate and incomplete expression and articulation.

18-21 superficial knowledge, the common thread is not understood with continuity. The expression and the articulation of the discourse also have significant gaps.

<18 insufficient evidence, absent or very incomplete knowledge, lack of orientation in the discipline, defective and inappropriate expression. Examination not passed.

Teaching tools

Elearning, slide and handouts, Kahoot software for peer instruction.

Office hours

See the website of Sebastiano Moruzzi