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 Wittgenstien’s life and his philosophy.

Learning Outcomes:
In this course you will:
- Read texts closely (Inquire and Research)
- Analyze and criticize arguments (Inquire and Research)
- Further develop your analytical essay writing skills (Research and Communicate)

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: One prior course in Philosophy and/or permission of the instructor (email
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 2:10PM - 5:50PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Fully In-Person , Philosophy