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PHIL2600 - Twentieth Century Philosophy

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Michael McDermott


Main developments in philosophical thought in the twentieth century. Topics include: logical atomism; logical positivism and its attack on metaphysics; conceptual analysis; Quine, holism, behaviourism, and the overthrow of positivism; the resurgence of metaphysics; functionalism in the philosophy of mind; modal realism. Essential background for understanding how philosophy is done today in English-speaking countries.


tutorial participation (10%), 1x2500 word essay (40%) and 1x2 hour exam (50%)


Ayer AJ. Language, Truth and Logic. London. Penguin 2001
Readings will be available from the University Copy Centre


1x2 hour lecture and 1x1 hour tutorial per week


12 Junior credit points in Philosophy



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