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Topics in Metaphysics
PHIL 390
Spring 2011
Section: 01  

This year our topic is metaphysics and Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Until recently this enigmatic text had been read as presenting a metaphysical account of the world, and of the nature of representation, especially linguistic representation, in order to account for the necessity of logic. It had always been clear that this reading runs into difficulties with the book's apparent claim that its sentences are all nonsensical, but this difficulty was generally taken to indicate some sort of incoherence in Wittgenstein's project. A recent tradition in reading the Tractatus has attempted to take the nonsensicality of the text seriously at the same time as discerning in it a coherent anti-metaphysical mode of philosophizing. Our main work is to understand how the Tractatus attacks its own apparent theory of necessity, and to apply the lessons of this attack to evaluate contemporary views of modality in analytic philosophy.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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