PY215 Foundations of Analytic Philosophy

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In this module we will be considering the foundations of analytic philosophy. We will begin by looking at how analytic philosophy became a distinct tradition in philosophy int he twentieth century. This will involve a consideration of the key writings of thinkers like Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Quine etc. Having done that we will proceed to observe the impact of such foundational thinkers in diverse areas of philosophy such as metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. We will end with a reflection on the status analytic philosophy today.

Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to read technical papers in analytic philosophy
  • To be at ease with technical discussions in logic and metaphysics
  • To have an awareness of the divergence of philosophical traditions
  • To have an awareness of the weaknesses of a philosophical tradition despite its technical profundity