Fall 2018

Language, Method, and Nonsense: Origins of Analytic Philosophy

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-360

Formerly listed as: PHIL-40


Alexander George (Section 01)


Language and the nature of meaning, the search for a philosophical method, and the limits of logic and intelligibility—these are central concerns that drove the pioneers of analytic philosophy. We shall explore these themes through classic readings by some of the seminal figures of the tradition: Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolf Carnap, and W. V. Quine. 

Prerequisite: One course in PHIL or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor George.

If Overenrolled: Preference to majors, then by class and to those who attend first class.


Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2013, Spring 2016, Fall 2018