Analytic Philosophy

Laura Garcia, Ph.D.

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The ideas prevalent in our own time are influenced heavily, for better or worse, by the development in England and America of analytic philosophy with its serious and sustained attention to language as the place where philosophical problems surface and where they might either be resolved, dissolved, or their originators absolved. This course follows the historical narrative of the movement from G. E. Moore and Bertrand Russell to the “ordinary language” philosophers, Ludwig Wittgenstein, positivism, realism and anti-realism. The concluding assessment examines the implications of this method of analysis for moral and religious beliefs.


12 30-Minute Lectures

  1. Roots: Overview
  2. Start Making Sense: Common Sense Realism
  3. The Cat is on the Mat: Logical Atomism
  4. Salvation Through Science: Logical Positivism
  5. Seeking Rock Bottom: Verification Criterion of Meaning
  6. Feeling Groovy: Noncognitivism in Metaethics
  7. Testing God: Accomodationist Philosophy of Religion
  8. Foundation Cracks: Demise of Positivism
  9. Gamesmanship: Language Games
  10. A Modest Proposal: Ordinary Language Philosophy
  11. Black Holes: Anti-Realism
  12. Realism with Attitude: Neo-Realism

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