Phil 418.3
Phil 817.3
Advanced Analytic Philosophy
Topics in Contemporary Analytic Philosophyy
 instructor: Eric Dayton
classroom: ARTS 607
ime: M/W 9:30 - 10:50, term I
Eric's office: 624 arts
all assigned readings are available online
[Hint: google the title, author]
and with liks to the PDF's on the PAWS page

Analytic Philosophy as it developed over the 20 century is a sprawling, complex, cluster of positions with broad affinities and family resemblances to each other. Our Historical survey will necessarily be selective and will cover roughly 1905 to 1975. We will start with Russell’s logical atomism and Moore’s common sense realism in the first decades of the century, broadening out to logical empiricism in Ayer, the early Wittgenstein, and Carnap then the emergence of ordinary language philosophy under the influence of the later Wittgenstein, Ryle, and Austin and then the synthesis of pragmatism and naturalism in Quine, Sellars, and Davidson, and the lasting effects of developments in symbolic logic on philosophical analysis. A fundamental aim of the course will be to illuminate current philosophical analysis by looking at major currents in its developmentwith an emphasis on both analytic and pragmatic approaches to language and meaning.

Assigned readings by day:
1. The readings  on this list are seriously subject to change and thus approximate at the moment.  
2.  Changes will be made on this document and announced in class  and the  PAWS version of this page page.
3. The  links to PDFs  below will only become only active on PAWS page
4. I will also include links to useful (but optional) background readings as time goes no.

Week  Monday    Wednesday  
Readings for Phil 418  Fall Term 2113
week 1
 (days 01 & 02  
 Sept 09
        first day of class
Introduction Historical discussion of  the backdrop of  early analysis
Sept 11
    Russell “Descriptions”  or "On Denoting" [link to pdf]
week 2  
(days 03 & 04) 
 Sept 16    
    Moore “A Defence of Common Sense,” or Refutation of Idealism  [link to pdf]
Sept 18   or Malcolm "Defending Common Sense"
  more russell or moore or Frege (sept 23)
  week 3  
(days 05& 06) 
Sept 23
      Frege  "sense and Reference" [link to pdf]
Sept 25
    Eric Talks about Wittgenstein Tractatus  [link to pdf]
week 4
(days 07 & 08)
Sept 30
 Wittgenstein “Lecture on Ethics” [link to pdf]  
Oct 02    (from Language Truth and Logic)
     Ayer “The Elimination of Metaphysics” & “The Principle of Verification”  
week 5  
(days 09 & 10)
 Oct 07   Carnap "The Rejection of Metaphysics" [link to pdf]
      or Malcolm "Defending Common Sense"
 Oct 09  Schlick "Meaning and Verification"?
  C.I Lewis ? “The Pragmatic Element in Knowledge” [link to pdf]
week 6   
(days 11)
 Oct 14
              Thanksgiving no class 
 Oct 16
week 7  
(days 12 & 13) 
 Oct 21     from The Concept ofMind (pdf)
      Ryle “Descartes’ Myth” & “Psychology”{ or on Oct 9} or other Ryle 
Oct 23  or "Philosophical  Perplexity or the Concept of Mind
      John Wisdom “Philosophy and Psychoanalysis”  or Gods
week 8  
(days 14 & 15) 
 Oct 28
     Malcolm  "Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations"
Oct 30
       J.L.Austin “A Plea for Excuses” In Text
week 9
(days 16 & 17)
 Nov 04
     Austin three ways of spilling ink? or Grice
 Nov 06
      Sellars "Inference and Meaning" or  ?

week 10
(days 18 & 19)
Nov 11     Rembrance Day no class
Nov 13
     Sellars “Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind” (in part)  [link to pdf
week 11
(days 20& 21)
Nov 18
      Quine "Two Dogmas ofd Empiricism" [link to pdf]  or Ontological relativity
Nov 20
Grice & Strawson “
In Defence of a Dogma"In Text
week 12
(days 22 & 23)
   Nov 25
    Kripke from Naming and Necessity
 Nov 27        (or  more on Kripke)
       Davidson "Actions Reasons and Causes" or "Radical Interpretation"
week 13
(days 24 & 25)
 Dec 02  or   Rorty  or Davidson
      ?Brandom "Freedom and Constraint By Norms" or "Action, Norms, and Practical Reasoning" [link to pdf]
             last day of class
         BEER at Louis or Amigos (later in the day!)
Required Work:

 Students will be expected to
1       write an in-class test @ 20%  - on October 16th  [Study questions handed out Oct 9th]
2       give a class presentation on one of the readings at a time TBA    
3       submit write up of class presentation 1 week later.  Write up should cover  points from presentation and class discussion.   prsentation& write-up = 20%
4       submit a final paper @ 40%  at the end of term
5       produce 10 sets of discussion notes and class participation @ 20%
                (see below for requirements)
1.     You are all  required to submit (a minimum of) 10 sets of reading notes during the term. 
2.     You must submit at least 10 sets (which are satisfactory) to get any of the 20 marks. I recommend that you do them regularly and get the requirement out of the way in the first half of the term.  By ‘Reading notes’ I mean a review of the thoughts and questions you have when you are reading and thinking about the assigned text for the day in question. They may be brief (e.g. 2 pages long) and need not be comprehensive but they should be neatly handwritten or typed. 
3.     They must include a brief summary of what you take to be going on in the passage assigned (in your own words, of course) and your reaction in terms of questions, worries, counter arguments or requests for clarification.  I will use your reactions/questions/worries to help clarify issues in class.
4.     Your notes must be submitted to me at or before the relevant class day to count as one of the 10 required submissions. You may e-mail them to me or hand in hard copies. 
5.     The reading notes submissions are pass/fail and collectively be worth 15 marks.
The 5 remaining marks will be allotted at my discretion for superior in-class participation., but you must submit at least ten submissions to receive any of the 20 marks. 6.     

Remarks about work
     I will expect you to keep up with the readings.  Reading philosophy takes time and you will be swamped at the end of term if you let the readings slip .    
     You should attend class regularly.  There are two reasons for this.  First, I will frequently present things in class which are not in the text and you will be expected to know this material.  Secondly, some of the readings will be difficult and you will understand them better after we have gone through them in class
Other Matters
Office Hours
M & W at 11:30 to 12:00   (or)
 by appointment  (please email me to set up a time
when my door is open

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