Contemporary Analytical Philosophy
Module Code: TBC
- ECTS Weighting: 10
- Semester/Term Taught: Michaelmas Term
- Contact Hours:11 x 2-hour seminars; 4 supervision hours; 174 hours of independent study
- Module Personnel: Jim Levine (email)
This course will focus on the philosophical writings of Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, and Quine. It will examine some fairly technical issues in the philosophy of mathematics and logic as well as more general issues in the philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics.
The aim of this module is to provide students with subject specific knowledge and to equip them with the necessary skills for independent research.On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Distinguish central aspects of, and problems facing, the logicism common to Frege and Russell.
- Critically discuss central philosophical differences between Frege and Russell.
- Identify connections between the work of the early Wittgenstein and that of Frege and Russell, and critically assess different interpretations of the Tractatus.
- Critically discuss key aspects of Wittgenstein’s post–Tractatus philosophical development.
- Critically discuss central aspects of Quine’s approach to metaphysics, epistemology, and the study of language.
The basis for the assessment of this module will consist of a one written essay of 3000 words.