PHIL493-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Landmarks of Analytic Philosophy

This occurrence is not offered in 2024

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course is about major new discoveries and developments that have occurred in analytic philosophy - developments that have forever changed how philosophers will approach major questions in metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of mind, ethics, and the philosophy of language. Topics covered will vary from year to year depending on student interest, but may include Quine's monumentally influential Two Dogmas 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 known as 'Kripkenstein'.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Contact Person

Diane Proudfoot


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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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All PHIL493 Occurrences

  • PHIL493-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024 - Not Offered
  • PHIL493-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance) - Not Offered