I am interested in philosophy of language, but I don’t really understand it: I read the suggested reading and understand it as I read, but as soon as I finish, it’s gone from my mind. To really make sense of it, I have to make notes as I go, which is time-consuming, but is it worth it?
I went to this seminar having read all the recommended reading, understood it and, as just mentioned, entirely forgotten it all (making extensive, time-consuming notes was not worthwhile for this seminar given my other responsibilities). But I learned some things in the seminar which were useful, and backed up my ideas: that’s crucial, because if my ideas had been wrong I would have been too demoralised to even think about looking at it for my research.
I consider myself a novice in this area: I’ve always had more to do in the linguistics side than the philosophy side. It also doesn’t help that it’s all generally written in a high register which I now have difficulty understanding, but was probably fine when I was constantly immersed in high-end academic writings (so, 2002-6). But I think it might be worth looking at.
As I am looking at interpretation of song lyrics, the philosophy becomes important: it is all about relevance, inference, meaning defined and meaning received. So I will read the book the lecturer kindly lent me and make extensive notes on it, and then I will decide if it’s worth including. At the very least, it is worth looking at because it is interesting, and at worst I will have more things to think about.