Spring 2023

Philosophy: Insight or Illusion?

Listed in: Philosophy, as PHIL-413

Moodle site: Course


Alexander George (Section 01)
Nishiten Shah (Section 01)


The twentieth century saw powerful attempts to bring a halt to the kind of philosophy that had consumed people for millennia. Key figures included Wittgenstein, Quine, and so-called Ordinary Language Philosophers. They did not seek to provide solutions to philosophical problems, but tried instead to show that the problems are illusions.  We will examine their attempts through several case studies involving language, mind, knowledge, and ethics.

Requisite: two courses in Philosophy. Spring semester. Professors George and Shah. 

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to majors, seniors, then juniors, etc.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on class participation and written work.


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023