Landmarks of Analytic Philosophy

15 points

Not offered 2024, offered in 2016

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This course is about major new discoveries and developments that have occurred in analytic philosophy during recent decades - developments that thave forever changed how philosophers will approach major questions in metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. Topics covered will vary from year to year depending on student interest, but will typically include Quine's monumentally influential Two Dogma's of Empiricism, Saul Kripke's ground-breaking discoveries in Naming and Necessity, Hillary Putnam's writings about the strange planet of Twin Earth, David Lewis' infamously counterintuitive theory that all coherently imaginable possible worlds exist 'out there' as universes parallel to this one, a powerful new framework for analysing possibility called 'two dimensional semantics', Thomas Nagel on the subject of the inner lives of bats, Donald Davidson's 'Swampman' thought experiment, and a mythical philosophical figure popularly know as 'Kripkenstein'.


45 Points in Philosophy, at least 30 points at 200 level in Philosophy