PHY 301 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy


The course purports to give an understanding of the positive change of the nature, scope and aims of Philosophy brought about by Analytic Philosophy, which is contrasted with the system building tendency in classical Philosophy. Significance of Philosophy as a second-order discipline. Key philosophers dealt with are: Bertrand Russell, G.E. Moore, Wittgenstein, A.J. Ayer, Gilbert Ryle, P.F. Strawson, J.L. Austin.


Course content:

·                    Introduction to contemporary Analytic Philosophy

·                    Russell and logical atomism

·                    Early-Wittgenstein and Logical atomism

·                    Logical positivism

·                    Later-Wittgenstein and Analytic techniques,

·                    J.L. Austin, A.J. Ayer and P.F. Strawson

·                    Application of Analytic techniques.

Recommended Reading:

1.      Armostrong, D.M., A Materialist Theory of the Mind, routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1968.

2.      Austin,J.L., How To Do Things With Words, Oxford University Press, 1969.

3.      Ayer, A.J., Language, Truth and Logic, Victor Gollancz, London, 15th Impression, 1962.

4.      Ayer, A.J., The Problem of Knowledge, Pelican Books, 1957.

5.      Cairns-Smith,A.G., Evolving the mind, England, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

6.      Gellner, Ernest, Words and Things, London, Victor Gollancz, 1959.

7.      Hamlyn, D.W., The Theory of Knowledge, London, Macmillan.

8.      Hume, David, An Inquiry Concerning Human Understanding, New York, Reprint The Library of Liberal Arts, 1957.

9.      Kalansuriya, A.D.P., On perception: A Language- game Made Explicit, Delhi, Kalinga publications, 1999.

10.  Russell, Bertrand, An Outline of Philosophy, London, George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1927.

11.  Ryle, Gilbert, The Concept of Mind , Penguin, 1966

12.  Wittgestein, L., Philosophical Investigations, Oxford, Basil Blackwll, 1958.

13.  Wittgestein, L., The Blue and The Brown Books, Oxford,Basil Blackwell, 1958.

14.  Wittgestein, L., Tractatus Logic – Philophicus, London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1922.

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