Readings from Wittgenstein

Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status

Course Level: 
Master’s
Doctoral
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Remote students
Academic Year: 
2020-2021
Term: 
Winter
US Credits: 
4
ECTS Credits: 
8
Course Description: 

The course will be based on a close reading of parts of the Philosophical Investigations and some other late work by Wittgenstein. Much of the course will be devoted to a close reading of sections from the second part of the Investigations, mainly on issues in philosophy of mind and perception. Among other things, we shall read section xi, which contains Wittgenstein’s discussion of aspect seeing (duck-rabbit). If possible, I shall try to adjust the reading material to students’ interests. In the process, we shall learn how to read the Investigations, this most influential and controversial philosophical text of the twentieth century.

Learning Outcomes: 

A better informed and critical approach to questions in philosophy in the areas discussed, and to philosophical methodology more generally.

Assessment: 

Term paper of approximately 2500 words, preferably interpreting passages from Wittgenstein’s writings. Students should consult me about the paper’s subject.

Prerequisites: 

None