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Reginald S. Lilly, Professor of Philosophy

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Ruby Grande

 Fall 2009 Courses

PH 101-001     Intro. to Philosophy     3 Cr.
T/TH     2:30 - 3:30     M. Ostrow

PH 101-002     Intro to Philosophy     3 Cr.
T/TH     11:10 - 12:30     M. Ostrow

PH 101-003     Intro. to Philosophy     3 Cr.
T/TH     12:40 - 2:00     L. Jorgensen

PH 101H     Intro. to Philosophy Honors     4 Cr.
T/TH     9:10 - 11:00     R.  Lilly

PH 204     Hist. Phil-Early Modern     3 Cr.
M/W     2:30 - 3:50     L. Jorgensen

PH 207     Logic     4 Cr.
T/TH     12:40 - 2:00     S. Stebbins

PH 215     Buddhist Philosophy     3 Cr.
T/TH     2:10 - 3:30     J. Smith

PH 304     Social-Political Phil.     4 Cr.
T/TH     9:10 - 11:00     W. Lewis

PH 306     19th Century Philosophy     4 Cr.
T/TH     3:40 - 5:30     R. Lilly

PH 311     Existential Philosophy     4 Cr.
M/W     3:40 - 5:30     J. Smith

PH 327P     Great Philosophers: Wittgenstein     4 Cr.
W/F     12:20 - 2:10     M. Ostrow
(see description below)

 

PH 327P - Wittgenstein:

Ludwig Wittgenstein is often described as the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century; he is almost certainly the most widely referenced.  While his work is associated with questions about the nature of language, his concerns extend to logic and mathematics, the mind, ethics, aesthetics, and religion. Above all, however, Wittgenstein’s aim is to explore the nature of philosophy itself.  He is indeed quite radical in this regard, insisting on the illusory nature of philosophical problems. Thus in the Philosophical Investigations he famously describes philosophy as “a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language (PI 109).”  In the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus he claims that philosophical problems result from a “misunderstanding of the logic of our language” (TLP, p. 27).  Although these remarks might seem to suggest that Wittgenstein’s thought is to be understood in connection with the scientism of the Logical Positivists, he explicitly distanced himself from this whole approach.  Moreover, we also find in Wittgenstein’s writings a very un-Positivistic concern with ethics and the inexpressible: “The solution of the riddle of life in space and time lies outside space and time” (TLP 6.4312).  Given the apparent incompatibility of such claims, as well as the terse, aphoristic style of Wittgenstein’s writing, it is no wonder that his work has been subject to a remarkably wide variety of interpretations.