Spring 2008

Quine & Wittgenstein

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-48

Faculty

Alexander George (Section 01)

Description

W. V. Quine (American, 1908-2000) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (Austrian, 1889-1951) changed the course of philosophy in the 20th century. Through their work on language, they offered novel and powerful reconceptions of philosophy, its methods, and its ends. In the process, they left many wondering whether much remained of philosophy as it had been traditionally pursued, whether it had in a sense come to an end. An intensive immersion in the writings of Quine, Wittgenstein, and some of those who inspired them. Requisite: Two courses in Philosophy or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Second semester. Professor A. George.