Introduction to the Philosophy of Wittgenstein

PHIL 0300G S01 [CRN: 17566]

This course examines Wittgenstein’s two groundbreaking works, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) and the Philosophical Investigations (1953), both of which reshaped 20th-century thought. What are the limits of language? What is the nature of philosophy? Can there be such a thing as a private language? Wittgenstein addresses these and other questions in both works. His answers are at times cryptic, such as when he says “The limits of language mean the limits of my world”. The primary goal of this course is to come to grips with the main claims of both works and the development of Wittgenstein’s thought.
Fall 2017
12:00 - 12:50 Mon, Wed, Fri - from Sep 6, 2017 to Dec 21, 2017