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Postgraduate Course: History of Analytic Philosophy MSc (PHIL11097)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTowards the beginning of the twentieth century, a group of philosophers sought to apply developments in logic and the study of language to traditional philosophical problems. These efforts resulted in the rich and influential tradition known as Analytic Philosophy, the predominate style of philosophy in the English speaking world. In this course, we will look at the early history of this movement, as reflected in the works of Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein. This course will cover the philosophical climate in which these philosophers developed, their views on traditional philosophical issues, and the distinctive debates that arose within the emerging tradition.
Difficulties in understanding the foundations of mathematics led Frege and Russell to develop rigorous new ways of thinking about logic and language. These tools form the foundation of many developments in contemporary logic and linguistics. But Frege and Russell went beyond the investigation of logic, mathematics, and language. We will see how these tools were put to use in understanding the structure of human thought and the world it represents, and in resolving scientific puzzles. We will also examine the early Wittgenstein┐s more radical attempt to solve all philosophical problems by getting clear on how language is capable of representing the world.

Shared with UG course: History of Analytic Philosophy (PHIL10116)

Formative feedback available:
- the opportunity to submit a formative essay by the week 6 closing deadline
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2500 word essay.

Essay deadline: Monday 20th April 2015 by 12 noon
Word limit: TBC
Return deadline: Tuesday 12th May 2015
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
The goal of this course is to help students better understand the work of foundational figures in analytic philosophy: Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein. This will inform the students┐ understanding of contemporary debates in metaphysics, philosophy of language, logic, and epistemology. It will also help them locate contemporary debates in their proper historical context.

Reading List
Readings:

Frege
- Foundations of Arithmetic
- "On Sense and Reference"

Secondary:
- Joan Weiner, selections from Frege
- Patricia Blanchette, selections from Frege's Conception of Logic

Russell
- Letters to Frege
- "On Denoting"
- "Knowledge by Acquaintance and Knowledge by Description"
- "On the Relation of Sense Data to Physics"

Secondary:
- L. Susan Stebbing, selections from A Modern Introduction to Logic

Wittgenstein
- Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Secondary:
- Ray Monk, selections from Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius
- Marie McGinn, selections from Elucidating the Tractatus
Additional Information
Course URL Please see Learn page
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course is taught by Dr Aidan McGlynn and Dr Bryan Pickel.
KeywordsFrege, Russell, Wittgenstein, 20th century philosophy, metaphysics, language, logic
Contacts
Course organiserDr Bryan Pickel
Tel: (0131 6)51 5177
Email: bpickel@staffmail.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lynsey Buchanan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002
Email: Lynsey.Buchanan@ed.ac.uk
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