Spring 2007 not offered
The later writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein are obscure and fascinating. His philosophy has generated conversion of an almost religious order. The converted find Wittgenstein to have overturned traditional philosophy, if not philosophy altogether. Yet no Wittgensteinian has provided an argument that is both clear and compelling for this claim. It is not surprising, then, that Wittgensteinianism is considered esoteric and exclusive. This seminar will investigate the sense in which Wittgenstein's work constitutes a criticism of traditional philosophy. By examining a range of themes in TRACTATUS LOGICO-PHILOSOPHICUS--we will assess the temptation to discover in Wittgenstein's texts an esoteric doctrine.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PHIL202 AND PHIL289
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)
Ludwig Wittgenstein, TRACTATUS LOGICO- PHILOSOPHICUS, and some contemporary writings about Wittgenstein.
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One seminar paper (15-20 pp.), Two in-class presentations.
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