There were some organizing problems with the course “Mental Phenomena” that was held at the IUC for some time it looked as if we would lose our regular September slot at the IUC when Michael Devitt offered to get some people together (on a very short notice) and have a course in the philosophy of linguistics. So, we started organizing a small conference in 2005 on the philosophy of linguistics and language and mind. The focus of the course was Michael Devitt's work on philosophy of linguistics. We included the summary of Devitt's then forthcoming book Ignorance of language (in the meantime published by Oxford: Clarendon Press in 2006) and thought the discussion of this book would provoke heated debate since Devitt’s views about language stand in a stark contrast with the dominant Chomskyan mainstream. So, Philosophy of Linguistics course was born and it was a great success. To our huge surprise the following was immediately noticed that whereas philosophy of language conferences were common, philosophy of linguistics ones were rare to nonexistent. Our conference became precious for philosophy of linguistics, and very soon we started getting enthusiastic comments from across the Ocean.
We have so far celebrated our 15 years of existence with more course directors involved and the name was slightly changed. It is now called Philosophy of Linguistics and Language course. This very fruitful, lively, convivial and productive conference is taking place every year with now traditionally two days of the conference dedicated to the discussion of some important forthcoming book in this field or the discussion of some relevant current issues. The proceedings are regularly published in the Croatian Journal of Philosophy by Kruzak, Zagreb.