Spring 2022

Language, Method, and Nonsense: Origins of Analytic Philosophy

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-360

Formerly listed as: PHIL-40

Moodle site: Course


Alexander George (Section 01)


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

Requisite: One course in PHIL or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor George.

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


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2022