PHIL 310 Spring 2015 Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy (W)

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) is probably the greatest philosopher of the 20th century. His later work, best known through posthumously published Philosophical Investigations, continues to influence contemporary thinking about language, mind, action, knowledge, ethics, religion, aesthetics, culture, and of course, philosophy itself. Understanding later Wittgenstein is thus vital for engaging in contemporary philosophy, but neither the interpretation nor the evaluation of his thought is straightforward or easy. Later Wittgenstein is a controversial, polarizing figure; but serious reading of his work is invariably intellectually enriching and fertile. This tutorial aims to provide students with the skills necessary for careful, serious and thorough reading of Wittgenstein's later philosophy. In the first part of the course, we will read Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, one of the greatest books ever written. In the second part of the course, we will read On Certainty, and selections from other of Wittgenstein's posthumously published works: Zettel, Philosophical Grammar, Remarks on the Philosophy of Psychology, Culture and Value, Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief, and The Big Typescript. Throughout the course, we will consult and discuss the important secondary literature on Wittgenstein, and analyze different philosophical presuppositions and goals that motivate particular readings. The central topics of the course will be: meaning, rule following, human languages; private experiences and other minds; intention and action; knowledge and skepticism; and especially, the methods and nature of philosophy.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: tutorial attendance and participation; bi-weekly tutorial papers, each about 5 pages long (totaling 6 per student); bi-weekly oral responses to the paper of the tutorial partner
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: two philosophy courses
Enrollment Preference: preference will be given to Philosophy majors, intended majors, and to students who can demonstrate both a strong interest in latter Wittgenstein and capacity for careful, close reading of texts
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PHIL History Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3887
PHIL 310 - T1 (S) TUT Wittgenstein: Later Philosophy (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Bojana Mladenovic
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