Title Wittgenstein's Philosophy
Lecturer P├ęter Mekis
Codes BBN-FIL-236.83, BBN-FIL-402.83, BMA-FILD-236.83, BMA-FILD-402.93, BMA-LOTD-406.05, BMI-LOTD-406E.05
Time Tuesday 16:00-17:30
Venue i129
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this course.
Description This is a reading seminar. We will focus on Wirtgenstein's philosophy of language, and read parts of the Tractatus and the Philosophical Investigations. The key topics to discuss will be
  • the picture theory of language;
  • the ineffability of semantics;
  • the concept of language game;
  • the theory of meaning as use;
  • the problem of following a rule;
  • the possibility of a private language.
We will discuss each of these topics in two sessions.
Literature Primary
  • Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Translated by D. Pears and B. McGuinness. Routledge, 1961.
  • Philosophical Investigations . Translated by M. Anscombe. Blackwell, 1953.
Secondary
  • H-J. Glock, A Wittgenstein Dictionary. Wiley-Blackwell, 1996.
  • D. Pears, Wittgenstein. Fontana, 1971.
  • Hallett, G., A Companion to Wittgenstein's 'Philosophical Investigations'. Cornell UP, 1977.
  • Stenius, E., Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Blackwell, 1960.
...and many other possible titles, according to Student demand!