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Postanalytic Philosophy: Science and Metaphysics
PHIL 265
Spring 2011
Section: 01  

The analytic movement in early 20th-century philosophy distinguished the domain of philosophy from that of empirical science: the sciences were empirical disciplines seeking facts, whereas philosophy primarily involved the analysis of linguistic meaning, often using the resources provided by formal logic. Criticisms of this conception of philosophy and its relation to the sciences have shaped much of the subsequent development of Anglophone philosophy. This course will examine closely some of the most influential later criticisms of the early analytic movement and the resulting reconception of philosophy as a discipline. The central themes of the course cut across the fields of epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of language and mind. Special attention will be given to philosophy's relation to the empirical sciences, since this has been a prominent issue raised by the criticisms of the early analytic movement. Among the philosophers most prominently considered are Quine, Sellars, Davidson, Putnam, Dennett, Kripke, Brandom and Haugeland. This course parallels PHIL 262 (Phenomenology, Existentialism, Post-structuralism); 262 explores how European philosophy developed in response to Husserlian phenomenology, whereas 265 explores how Anglophone philosophy developed in response to linguistic analysis, but many of the issues overlap despite differences in idiom, style, and philosophical influences.

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

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