- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Humanities
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
An examination of the philosophy of WV Quine, including: Formative influences (Russell, Carnap, Tarski); his early, middle and late periods; his principal works.
16 x 1hr lectures; 4 x 1hr seminars as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Philosophy and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level
Essay (5000 words) - 100%
This course aims to:
■ Provide the student with an understanding of the work of WV Quine
■ Relate Quine to the outstanding themes of analytic philosophy
■ Foster awareness of the development of analytic philosophy
■ Enable the student critically to assess some key features of contemporary, orthodox analytic philosophy
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Explain the rise of Quine's philosophy from Russell's and Carnap's philosophy.
■ Explain and criticise Quine's extensionalism or anti-intensionalism (for example, his dismissal of possible worlds and meaning).
■ Articulate the thesis of naturalism in Quine, and contrast it with recent alternatives to it.
■ Explain and criticise Quine's ontological doctrines.
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.