Topics in Metaphysics|
Fall 2009 not offered
This year our topics are anti-metaphysics and meta-metaphysics; that is to say, some varieties of criticisms of metaphysics, and accounts of the nature of metaphysics. We'll begin with a brief look at Hume's and Kant's critiques of rationalist metaphysics. Next, we turn to an influential set of views of the nature and rejection of metaphysics in the analytic tradition: the early logical positivism of Rudolf Carnap and A. J. Ayer. We turn next to Michael Dummett's interpretation of metaphysical disputes in linguistic terms and his critique of a linguistic conception of realism. We then come back to the later work Carnap, and his debate with W. V. Quine over analyticity and modality. Finally, we'll discuss a spectrum of replies to anti-metaphysical views in contemporary analytic philosophy.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Classic and contemporary sources.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One seminar paper, and possibly also other assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is an advanced seminar in philosophy, and so students will need to have a general background in the history of philosophy, such as acquired from Phil 201 or 202, and some knowledge of logic, such as acquired from Phil 231 or Phil 290, and probably also one course in philosophy beyond the introductory level. In addition, the course is designed to be taken in conjunction with Phil 291, also offered this semester.
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