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PPR.307: History of Twentieth Century Philosophy
Tutor: Dr Neil Manson
This course focuses upon some key aspects of the history of Twentieth Century Philosophy. We start off by examining a “revolution” in philosophy at the very start of the C20 with the origins of analytic philosophy. We then focus on Wittgenstein’s radical philosophy (or “anti-philosophy”). Wittgenstein’s own philosophical development brings to the fore a deep schism, or tension, that has existed throughout C20 philosophy: the schism between those who hold that philosophy should align itself with natural science and mathematics, and those who reject this view. We ask whether philosophy should seek to emulate the natural sciences and illustrate the tension between “scientistic” and “humanistic” philosophy via mid-C20 debate about the nature of historical explanation. The final two lectures look at the distinction between analytic and continental philosophy in C20, and upon the emergence of applied philosophy in the late C20, asking whether philosophy can ever really be “applied” to real-life problems.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
40% coursework and 60% exam.
Lecture (1.5 hours) and seminar (1 hour) weekly.
Avrum Stroll ‘Twentieth Century Analytic Philosophy’ in Richard H. Popkin (ed) The Pimlico History of Western Philosophy (London: Pimlico Press, 1999)
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