[FL 3661]  Meaning, Universals and Truth (3rd yr Bacc) – 23.24

Semester I
wednesday 08:30 - 10:15

Course Information

Professor: BINKIEWICZ, Cezary
Email: [email protected]
Language: English

Semester I
wednesday 08:30 - 10:15


This lecture aims to show how the concepts of “meaning”, “universal” and “truth” reveal a unique property of human consciousness which is semantic consciousness. This property allows the subject to make a categorization that has the feature of generality, its results are susceptible to distinguishing between true and false, and may enter into logical relations of implication. Thanks to the analysis of these concepts, we discover different degrees of cognition. The issue of meaning is discussed in the so-called the theory of meaning. The dispute over universals stems from Aristotle’s polemic with Plato on the issue of ideas, and together they reveal the problem of truth.


C. McGinn, Philosophy of Language. The Classics Explained, Cambridge, MA 2015 ; S. Soames, What is Meaning?, Princeton, 2010 ; E. J. Lowe, A Survey of Metaphysics, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2002 ; M. J. Loux, Metaphysics. A Contemporary Introductions, New York - London: Routledge, 2006 ; B. Tune, Universals and Predication, in The Blackwell Guide to Metaphysics, Oxford: Blackwell 2002 ; The Oxford Handbook of Truth, ed. M. Glanzberg, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2018 ; W. Künne, Conceptions of Truth, Oxford: Clarendon Press 2003.