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CONCEPTS AND METHODOS OF ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY

CODE 84299
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
CREDITS 9 credits during the 2nd year of 8455 Philosophy (L-5) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-FIL/05
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (Philosophy)
SEMESTER 1° Semester

OVERVIEW

The course is an introduction to the fundamental notions of analytic philosophy such as the distinction between necessary truths and contingent truths, the distinction between analytic truths and synthetic truths, and the distinction between a priori truths and a posteriori truths.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Introduction to the basics and the methodology of analytical philosophy focusing on the question: "What do analytical philosophers do and how?". The course is centered on three fundamental distinctions in philosophy: (i) analytic / synthetic, (ii) a priori / a posteriori, (iii) necessary / contingent. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the indispensable tools for approaching autonomous reading and studying of essays in analytic philosophy.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Introduction to the basics and the methodology of analytical philosophy focusing on the question: "What do analytical philosophers do and how?". The course is centered on three fundamental distinctions in philosophy: (i) analytic / synthetic, (ii) a priori / a posteriori, (iii) necessary / contingent. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the indispensable tools for approaching autonomous reading and studying of essays in analytic philosophy.

TEACHING METHODS

Lecture-style instruction

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

1 What do philosophers do? 2 Conceptual analysis 2.1 Russell: the theory of definite descriptions 2.1.1. Referential uses, improper descriptions and incomplete descriptions 2.1.2 Inference rules 2.1.3 A famous case of violation of the rules of inference 2.2 Frege: logicism 2.2.1 The failure of logicism 2.3 Analysis of the meaning: the justification of the deduction 2.3 .1 Dummett against the classical conditions of truth 3 Logical empiricism: verificationism and analytics 4 Quine's critique of the two dogmas of empiricism 5 Kripke: reference and necessity

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The bibliography will be provided to students during the course. The entire bibliography will be downloadable from aulaweb. The teacher uses his own coursepack.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

MASSIMILIANO VIGNOLO (President)

MARCELLO FRIXIONE

VALERIA OTTONELLI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Lecture-style instruction

LESSONS START

September 27, 2017

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Students can choose between written test or oral exam

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Students can choose between written test or oral exam

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
08/01/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale Locali DAFIST, via Balbi 30, 7° piano
22/01/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale Locali DAFIST, via Balbi 30, 7° piano
12/02/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale Locali DAFIST, via Balbi 30, 7° piano
21/05/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale Locali DAFIST, via Balbi 30, 7° piano
04/06/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale Locali DAFIST, via Balbi 30, 7° piano
18/06/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale Locali DAFIST, via Balbi 30, 7° piano
02/07/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale Locali DAFIST, via Balbi 30, 7° piano
10/09/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale Locali DAFIST, via Balbi 30, 7° piano

FURTHER INFORMATION

Office hours for students: monday, h13-15