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PI7102 Contemporary Analytical Philosophy

  • ECTS Weighting: 10
  • Semester/Term Taught: Hilary Term
  • Contact Hours:11 x 2-hour seminars; 4 supervision hours; 174 hours of independent study
  • Module Personnel: Jim Levine

Module Content

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.

Learning Outcomes

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. Students must attach a cover sheet to all Philosophy essays.

The word count includes footnotes but it does not include the bibliography. Essays that go over the limit will be liable for a 5 mark deduction.

Students may request an extension by contacting the MPhil Coordinator Dr Ben White.

Recommended Reading List

As advised/circulated by lecturer during the lecture series.