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Topics in Analytic Philosophy

Module Code: PI3006

Module Name: Topics in Analytic Philosophy

  • ECTS Weighting: 10
  • Semester/Term Taught: Hilary Term
  • Contact Hours: 22 hours of lecture
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer - Professor James Levine

Module Content

This course will focus primarily on the philosophical writings of Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Quine, and, if time permits, Kripke, Frege and Russell were initially concerned with issues in the philosophy of mathematics - including the nature of numbers and our knowledge of them - but these issues led them to develop influential views regarding the nature of language, including meaning, reference, and, in the case of Russell, vagueness. We will examine both aspects of the views of Frege and Russell as well as subsequent views of language of Wittgenstein, Quine, and (possibly) Kripke. The emphasis will be on primary texts.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module, students will be able to:

  • critically compare and assess the views of Frege and Russell regarding propositional contents;
  • critically compare and assess Russell's view of vagueness and Quine's view of inscrutability of reference;
  • critically compare and assess Wittgenstein's early and later views of language and philosophy.