Analytic Philosophy

Subject 161-237 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-two contact hours per semester: two 1-hour lectures per week for the first 11 weeks and a 1-hour tutorial per week beginning the third week of semester
Total Time Commitment: *
Prerequisites: At least one first-year philosophy subject, or permission from the Head of School or the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: *
Recommended Background Knowledge: *
Non Allowed Subjects: *
Core Participation Requirements: *


Assoc Prof Greg Restall
Subject Overview:

This subject is a study of the philosophical tradition known as Analytic Philosophy. It will focus on central works by leading figures in this tradition, who include Bertrand Russell, GE Moore, Rudolf Carnap, WV Quine, JL Austin, and SA Kripke. Some variation in contents from year to year is envisaged, but most of the listed philosophers will be included each time the subject is offered. Their work is united by an emphasis on semantic analysis, and the subject will focus on the ways in which they have used semantic concepts to illuminate epistemological and metaphysical issues.

Assessment: Two written assignments of 2000 words each, one due mid-semester 47%, the second due at the end of semester 50%, and tutorial participation 3%.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate an ability to critically examine philosophical arguments and theses;

  • be able to write clearly about abstract debates;

  • be able to marshal arguments into a coherent case;

  • be able to conduct research based on monographic and periodical literature.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (European Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Philosophy)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (European Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)

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