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Topics in Metaphysics
PHIL 390
Fall 2020
Section: 01  
This course may be repeated for credit.

Among the many enigmatic aspects of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus are (a) an apparent distinction between what can be said and what can only be shown, (b) the purported doctrine that there is truth in solipsism and mysticism, (c) the supposed coincidence of realism and idealism, and (d) finally, the apparent astonishing "conclusion" of the Tractatus that this book is made up of nonsense, and has itself to be overcome, to see the world right. This seminar focuses on the existence and nature of what cannot be said, in particular on a recent "resolute" approach to interpreting the Tractatus according to which what cannot be said is nothing more than plain nonsense, and a variety of critiques of this "resolute" approach. Investigation of this interpretive controversy points to a spectrum of conceptions of the mystical and the unsayable. We conclude the seminar with the significance of these conceptions for the nature of philosophizing.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: (PHIL201 OR PHIL202) AND (PHIL231 OR PHIL286 OR PHIL289 OR PHIL292) OR PHIL261
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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