PHIL 426 A: Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
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Paul Franco

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This is a class in the history of analytic philosophy. We'll look at some of the major philosophical schools of thinking in the period, especially Logical Positivism and Ordinary Language Philosophy. Philosophers from these schools, and many who engaged with them, were all committed to some form of philosophical analysis, but ended up having different views on metaphysics, epistemology, and language. Much of the class will look at work in the analytic tradition on metaphysics, epistemology, and language. But we'll also have an opportunity to talk about (meta-)ethics towards the end of class when we look at a group of women philosophers who met at Oxford during World War II and pushed back against the dominant (meta-)ethical views at the time.

Catalog Description: 
A study of development of contemporary analytic philosophy, the revolt against idealism, and the linguistic turn in philosophy.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
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October 23, 2020 - 10:19am