Course number being converted to PHIL 526, Seminar in Recent Philosophy.
This is a class in the history of early analytic philosophy (Anglo-American philosophy roughly from the 1900s through the 1950s). One possible, central topic of the course concerns the era's methodological debates centered on differing conceptions of philosophical analysis--transformative or explicatory analysis represented by the work of logical positivist Rudolf Carnap, contrastive or connective analysis represented by the work of American pragmatist C.I. Lewis, and ordinary language analysis represented by the work of P.F. Strawson and J.L. Austin. We may also have the opportunity to talk about Logical Positivism and its reception in British philosophy by A.J. Ayer and Susan Stebbing, and in American philosophy by C.I. Lewis and W.V. Quine. Other possible topics include: the role of women philosophers in the development of early analytic philosophy--Stebbing, Susanne Langer, and Alice Ambrose, among others; the reaction against non-cognitivism in ethics by G.E.M. Anscombe, Philippa Foot, and Iris Murdoch; and the idea of analysis as philosophical therapy. Because this is a course in the history of philosophy, we'll also talk about the historiography of early analytic philosophy.
TEXT: No Textbook required. Course materials will be available on Canvas.