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Philosophy of Language

Module Code: PI4028

Module Name: Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Development

  • ECTS Weighting: 5/10
  • Semester/Term Taught: Michaelmas Term
  • Contact Hours: 22 hours of lecture
  • Module Personnel: Lecturer - Professor James Levine

Module Content

The course will be divided into two parts.  In the first, we will examine some aspects of Wittgenstein’s early view, in particular his view of metaphysics.  In the second, we will trace some aspects of his views as they develop in his “middle” and “later” periods.

Learning Outcomes

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

•      critically evaluate different interpretations of the early Wittgenstein
•      identify and evaluate changes between Wittgenstein’s “middle” and “later” views
•      critically evaluate the relevance of Wittgenstein’s views to contemporary philosophical debates