Phil. 176

 

 

List of weekly topics and reading assignments

Philosophy 176

Spring Semester 2014

Prof. Dowden

 

 

 


 

week 1

Jan 28, 2014, INTRODUCTION

Read "Continental vs. Anglo-American Philosophy" in the folder "Absolute Idealism" in SacCT.

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Hegel

Jan. 30, ABSOLUTE IDEALISM:

Read "Royce" and "The Absolute" in the folder "Absolute Idealism" in SacCT. Then read "Reality and Idealism" by Josiah Royce from his The Spirit of Modern Philosophy (1892), also in Klemke. On the first page, Royce says "There is nothing in the universe absolutely sure except the Infinite." Find this remark; figure out what it means, why he believes it, and whether you believe it.

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Royce

week 2

Feb. 4 & 6, COMMON SENSE PHILOSOPHY

"The Refutation of Idealism" (1903) by G. E. Moore. (in Klemke)

G.E. Moore

Moore

"The Analysis of the word IS" by G. E. Moore (SacCT)

"The Refutation of Realism" (1934) by W. T. Stace. (in JSTOR)

"Idealism" (1912) by Bertrand Russell, chapter 4 of The Problems of Philosophy.

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Russell

"Proof of an External World" (1938) by G. E. Moore. (Klemke) (optional reading)

week 3

Feb. 11 & 13, EARLY ANALYTIC

"Frege, Russell, and the Linguistic Turn".

"Russell's Theory of Descriptions," audio podcast by A. C. Grayling.

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Frege

 

week 4

Feb. 18 & 20, LOGICAL ATOMISM

"Particulars, Predicates, and Relations" (1918) by Bertrand Russell. (Klemke)

"Excursus into Metaphysics: What There Is" (1918) by Bertrand Russell. (Klemke)

"Wittgenstein's Logical Atomism." (SacCT)

Optional reading: Wittgenstein's Tractatus

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week 5

Feb. 25, LOGICAL POSITIVISM

"The Elimination of Metaphysics" (1936) by A. J. Ayer. (Klemke)

"The Function of Philosophy" (1936) by A. J. Ayer. (Klemke)

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Ayer

Feb. 27, LOGICAL POSITIVISM

"The A Priori" (1936) by A. J. Ayer. (Klemke)

"Truth and Probability" (1936) by A. J. Ayer. (Klemke)

week 6

Mar. 4 & 6, LOGICAL POSITIVISM

"Critique of Ethics and Theology" (1936) by A. J. Ayer. (Klemke)

Read the file in the "Carnap" folder in SacCT.

"Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology" (1950) by Rudolf Carnap.

"Logical Construction" in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy.


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Carnap

week 7

Mar. 11, ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY

"Beware of Nominalizations" by Helen Sword.

"Systematically Misleading Expressions" (1932) by Gilbert Ryle. (Klemke)

Gilbert Ryle

Ryle

Mar. 13, ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY

"Philosophical Perplexity" (1936) by John Wisdom. (Klemke)

John Wisdom

Wisdom

week 8

Mar. 18 & 20, ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY

"Descartes' Myth" (1949) by Gilbert Ryle. (Klemke)

"From the Earlier to the Later Wittgenstein"
by David Pears.

"The Private Language Argument" (1949) by Ludwig Wittgenstein.

 

Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein

week 9

Apr. 1 & 3, ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY

"Wittgenstein" in the Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers.

"Performative-Constative" (1963) by John Austin. (Klemke)

John Austin 

Austin


weeks 10 & 11

Apr. 8 & 10

"On What There Is" (1948) by W. V. O. Quine. (Klemke)

Quine on the Analytic/Synthetic Distinction.


Quine

Quine

 

Apr. 15 & 17

Quine on Physicalism, Instrumentalism, and Realism.

"Quine's Problematic Empiricist Heritage" by Scott Soames. (optional reading)

week 12

Apr. 22 & 24

"In Defense of a Dogma" (1956) by H. Paul Grice and P. F. Strawson. (use JSTOR)

H. Paul Grice

Grice

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Strawson

 

"Studies in the Logic of Explanation" (1948) by Carl Hempel and Paul Oppenheim. (browse in JSTOR)

Carl Hempel

Hempel

 

week 13

Apr. 29

"Computing Machinery and Intelligence" (1950) by Alan Turing. (JSTOR)

Alan Turing

Turing

 

May 1

"Can Computers Think?" (1984) by John Searle.

John Searle

Searle

 

week 14

May 6

"Conjectures and Refutations" (1957) by Karl Popper. (Read Achinstein's review in JSTOR). Also, Popper on Darwinism.

Karl Popper

Popper

 

May 8

"Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?" (1963) by Edmund Gettier.

Gettier

Gettier

week 15

May 13

"Identity and Necessity" (1971) by Saul Kripke. (Instead of reading the Kripke article in Klemke, we will read Steven Pinker's "Semantics of Names," from pp. 9-13 of The Stuff of Thought.)

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Kripke


Review for the final exam.



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PROF. DOWDEN / PHILOSOPHY DEPT.
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