Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Twentieth century philosophy: the dawn of analysis ADED11568E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The 20th Century witnessed some of Western philosophy's greatest figures: Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolf Carnap, Elizabeth Anscombe, Willard Van Orman Quine, Phillipa Foot, and David Lewis. This course explores the ideas of these and many other mighty thinkers by charting the progress of philosophy during the better part of the last 100 years. This course provides a grounding in the recent history of the issues that form the cutting edge of philosophy today


Block 3

Two hours per week for 10 weeks

Tuesdays 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One essay of 2,000 words assessing one of the philosophical views discussed in the course, to be submitted by the final class meeting.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop students' critical and analytical skills through engagement with philosophical discourse.

■ Introduce students to some of the key ideas and movements in 20th century western philosophy.

■ Present students with a range of philosophical arguments from the 20th century.

■ Equip students with some of the elements of scholarly method and theoretical understanding required to pursue further study in this and other scholarly areas.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relevant philosophical texts in class discussion.

■ Display a comprehension of the some of the key ideas and movements in 20th century philosophy.

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the development of western philosophical thought during the last century.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.