Spring 2025

Language, Method, and Nonsense: Origins of Analytic Philosophy

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-360


Alexander George (Section 01)


Language and the nature of meaning, the search for a philosophical method, and the limits 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.

Prerequisite: One course in Philosophy or consent of the instructor. Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor George.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference to majors, then by class and to those who attend first class.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, and class participation.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Fall 2018, Spring 2025