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Wittgenstein (PH325-15)

This module is not running in 2015-16.

Programme content

This module will look in some detail at issues arising from the Philosophical Investigations. Students will encounter a series of substantive themes in contemporary philosophy - the nature of meaning, understanding, rule-following, experience and sensation. The module will provide students with an understanding of these central themes and of the complex interpretative issues concerning competing claims for Wittgenstein’s allegiance across a broad inter-disciplinary debate. Wittgenstein is repeatedly claimed as an authority by all sides in a broad range of contemporary debates in philosophy and the social sciences at large. Students will be introduced to the philosophical debate over the interpretation of key passages of the Investigaitions. A central aim of the course will be to equip students with both the philosophical perceptiveness and the textual skills to make reasoned judgements about Wittgenstein’s importance as a major Twentieth Century thinker.

Topics covered

The following is a list of topics for this module in the 2014/15 academic year; precise seminar content may change from year to year.

  • Learning a language
  • Rule-following
  • Private language argument
  • The inner/outer distinction
  • Methodology, philosophy as therapy, description vs explanation
Timing and CATS

The module runs in the Spring Term and is worth 15 CATS.