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PHIL 418 Topics in Twentieth-Century Philosophy
Intensive study of a major philosopher such as Wittgenstein, Russell, or Heidegger, or school, such as pragmatism or logical empiricism.
Pre-reqs: PHIL 340.
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The linguistic turn in philosophy begins with the publication in 1884 of a book on the foundations of arithmetic by a rather obscure German mathematician, Gottlob Frege. Arguably no figure is more important for 20th century analytic philosophy than Frege, whose innovations in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, and the philosophy of language, have been nothing short of foundational. This course is dedicated to the study of some of Freges original works with an eye to how they ended up defining various projects in contemporary philosophy. While Freges writings are very clearly written, they require technical facility. Familiarity with logic at the level of PHIL 220 should provide sufficient background for an adequate appreciation of his transformative contributions to philosophy.