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Faculty of Philosophy


Meaning Reading Group

The Meaning Reading Group is an informal reading group in philosophy of
language. In Michaelmas term 2020 we will meet fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 2-3pm, starting on October 14th. For Michaelmas term at least, we
will meet via Zoom.

At each meeting we discuss a recent paper in philosophy of language or
linguistics, and try to alternate between semantics and pragmatics.
Sometimes we also read work in progress by graduate students and
faculty. Anyone at the University of Cambridge is welcome to attend
(undergraduates, postgraduates, faculty, from any department).

To receive information about each week's reading, please subscribe to
the mailing list here:

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to suggest a reading for the
group, email Lucy McDonald -

Language and Power Workshop

If you are interested in politically engaged philosophy of language in
particular, you may also be interested in attending the Language and
Power Workshop, which started up in April 2020 and shares several
members with the Meaning group. This is an international group, open to
postgraduates and faculty only, which focuses on the intersections of
philosophy of language and issues of social justice. This group meets
fortnightly on Wednesday evenings via Zoom. You can find more
information about this group here:

NB: This group is completely separate from the philosophy of language postgraduate seminar/reading group organised by the Linguistics faculty.