7AAN2017 Foundations of Analytic Philosophy
Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Professor Mark Textor
Formative assessment: one x 2,000–3,000-word essay, due by end of semester or as otherwise instructed
Summative assessment: one x 4,000-word essay
Teaching pattern: one weekly one-hour lecture and one weekly one-hour seminar
Analytic Philosophy is one of the main schools in contemporary philosophy. In this course we will look at the philosophical texts that have shaped analytic philosophy and that defined the problems analytic philosophers are trying to answer. We will study the seminal works of Frege, Russell, Moore and Wittgenstein. In addition, we will look at authors that have influenced them such as Meinong. Having a sound understanding of the history of analytic philosophy will help us properly to appreciate its strength and limitations.
The initial lecture hour, 15:00–16:00, will be shared with students taking 6AANB015 Foundations of Analytic Philosophy, but they will otherwise be subject to different requirements.