FIL4630 – Recent history of philosophy: The heritage of Frege and Russell

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Course content

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.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course, the students are expected to:

  • have a good knowledge of the core texts for the course
  • have an in depth knowledge of the debate concerning the topic
  • be able to discuss the topic in an 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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Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Requires admission to the Master's programme in philosophy.


Recommended previous knowledge


24 hours of lectures and seminars.

The teaching takes place together with bachelor students following FIL2506 – 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.

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A portfolio consisting of two term papers 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 exam.

Evaluation criteria spring 2019.


Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

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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Facts about this course






Spring 2019

Spring 2016


Spring 2019

Spring 2016

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