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Topics in Metaphysics
PHIL 390
Fall 2010 not offered

This year our topics are antimetaphysics 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 antimetaphysical views in contemporary 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)

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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