Analytic Philosophy

Subject 161-237 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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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: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: At least one first-year philosophy subject, or permission from the Head of School or the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Greg Restall


Assoc Pof Greg Restall

Subject Overview: This subject is a study of the philosophical tradition known as Analytic Philosophy. We will focus on the rise of Analytic Philosophy, some central texts by key figures in the tradition (such as Bertrand Russell, GE Moore, Rudolf Carnap, WVO Quine, JL Austin and SA Kripke) and the impact and influence of this tradition in current work. We will see ways that this tradition offers distinctive answers to long standing questions about the nature of knowledge and in particular, a priori knowledge; and we will see how this approach to philosophy is informed and influenced by developments in other fields. We will focus, in particular, on the traditions' development of a new way of understanding of analytic truth in new approaches to semantics.
Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject will
  • know the outlines of the history of the analytic school;
  • have a clear understanding of some central debates in 20C philosophy;
  • be able to relate logical and semantic concepts to metaphysical and epistemological 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: The Semantic Tradition from Kant to Carnap, Alberto Coffa, Cambridge University Press; Together with a subject reader to be available from the bookshop at the start of semester.
Breadth Options:

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Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete this subject will
  • 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): Diploma in Arts (Philosophy)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: European Studies Major
Philosophy Major

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