History of Analytic Philosophy
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
- obtains knowledge of the major historical developments in Anglo-American philosophy in the first half of the 20th century
- can describe the major contributions of the most important philosophers in this tradition
- can read primary texts in analytic philosophy
- understands and is able to use some of the logical formalism used in philosophical analysis
Since the beginning of the 20th century, a new Anglo-American style in philosophy has been developed, which became known as analytic
philosophy. This tradition is variously characterized by its conceptual rigor, tight argumentation, logical formalization, appeals to common sense, and (as the name suggests) attention for analysis. We will study the early development of this tradition in the first half of the 20th century. A historical overview of the major developments will be given, and we will read read primary texts by Frege, Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, and Stebbing.
Lecture (historical overview)
Seminar (text reading)
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Knowledge of formal logic is required and some rudimentary knowledge of epistemology, philosophy of science, and metaphysics.
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