FIL2506 – Recent history of philosophy: The heritage of Frege and Russell
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The content of the course will vary from time to time, but it will be based on the heritage of Gottlob Frege (1848-1925), Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951). What characterizes this kind of philosophy is its focus on the language and its analaysis. It is also strongly connected to the natural and formal sciences. This heritage has been further developped into several branches; for example the logical positivism, the "late philosophy of Wittgenstein", the ordinary language philosophy and the late philosophy of language of for example Willard Van Orman Quine, Donald Davidson and Saul Kripke.
After having completed the course, the students are expected to:
- have a good knowledge of the core texts for the course
- have a certain knowledge of the debate concerning the topic
- be able to discuss the topic in a rather independent and critical manner
- be able to describe in a consistent and clear manner what are the main aspects of the topic
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Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4630 – Recent history of philosophy: The heritage of Frege and Russell
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4631 – Recent history of philosophy: The heritage of Frege and Russell with short essay (discontinued)
- 10 credits overlap with FIL4632 – Recent history of philosophy: The heritage of Frege and Russell with long essay
24 hours of seminar.
The teaching takes place together with master students following FIL4630 – Recent history of philosophy: The heritage of Frege and Russell. The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:
- Obligatory draft for the first essay in the portofolio
- Short summaries of the assigned readings for 9 out of 11 seminar meetings
All compulsory activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to submit the exam.
A portfolio consisting of two essays of approximately 5 pages à 2300 characters, exclusive literature list. You submit the portfolio in Inspera.
All compulsory activities must be accepted as satisfactory in order to submit the final exam.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
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Special examination arrangements
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