A study of the growth and development of philosophical analysis in the first 50 years of 20th century British and American philosophy. Topics discussed will include: the early analytic paradigms of G.E. Moore and Bertrand Russell, the logical atomism of middle Russell and early Wittgenstein, the rise and fall of logical positivism, and the post-positivist perspective of Quine. In addition to tracing changes in the nature and function of analysis as a philosophical method, the course will chart the development of major metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical views of leading figures of the first half of this century.
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