Philosophy & Biography: Wittgenstein (PHI4105.01)

Paul Voice

Ludwig Wittgenstein is one of the most influential and important of twentieth century philosophers and one of its most enigmatic characters. In this course you will read two of Wittgenstein’s central works, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations. We will arrive at a detailed understanding of Wittgenstein’s philosophy, its themes, arguments and development. Alongside this philosophical journey you will read various biographies, memoirs, and fictionalized biographies of Wittgenstein’s life as well as viewing Derek Jarman’s film on the life of Wittgenstein. We will examine the connection between Wittgenstein’s life and his philosophy.

Prerequisites: At least one previous course in philosophy (preferably PHI2109 Philosophical Reasoning). Sign-up in VAPA B208 on Wednesday, May 15 between 1 and 2 pm
Credits: 4
W 2:10-5:50
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
This course is categorized as All courses, Philosophy.