In this course, we shall look at the rise of analytic philosophy, in correct historical sequence, beginning with Moore, Russell and the early Wittgenstein. We then explore the empiricism of A J Ayer and W V O Quine. Our guide through this terrain will be S Soames Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century Vol 1 (Princeton University Press 2003).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyse the central ideas of the founders of analytic philosophy: Moore, Russell and Wittgenstein.
- Critically evaluate the problems which ultimately undermined the atomisms of Russell and Wittgenstein.
- Appreciate the radical ideas in the philosophies of Ayer and Quine, and their enduring influence.
- Think about what they have learnt as it relates to the themes of the course.
Two x 2000 word essays (45% each, 90% total) [Assesses Learning Outcomes 1 - 3]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Assesses Learning Outcomes 1 - 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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