Fall 2018

Language, Method, and Nonsense: Origins of Analytic Philosophy

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-360

Formerly listed as: PHIL-40


Alexander George (Section 01)


Language and the nature of meaning, the search for a philosophical method, and the limits of logic and intelligibility - these are central concerns that drove the pioneers of analytic philosophy.  We shall explore these themes through classic readings by some of the seminal figures of the tradition: Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolf Carnap, and W. V. Quine. 

Prerequisite: one course in philosophy.  Professor George.

If Overenrolled: Preference to majors, then by class and to those who attend first class.


Attention to Writing


2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Fall 2018