Phil 335: 20th Century Analytic Philosophy

Fall 2015 — Prof. Kevin C. Klement

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30–3:45pm in 302 Bartlett

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
A J AyerA. J. Ayer
Ludwig WittgensteinLudwig Wittgenstein
Saul KripkeSaul Kripke
(b. 1940)

Course description: Analytic philosophy is a movement in, and style of, philosophy that began in Britain and America in the early 20th century, and continues to dominate academic philosophy in the English-speaking world. In this course, we examine some of the most important works of this movement. The topics we’ll cover include philosophical analysis, logical form, logical atomism, logical positivism and “the linguistic turn” in philosophy.

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  • 1959 BBC Interview with Bertrand Russell (Mostly Biographical)
  • Interview with Ayer on Frege and Russell
    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
  • Interview with Ayer on Logical Positivism
    Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  • Saul Kripke lecturing on “Wittgenstein, Logicism, and Buck-Stopping Identifications of Numbers”

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