The course will be based on a close reading of parts of the Philosophical Investigations. I intend to focus on the discussion of thought, imagination, consciousness and related concepts of the mental, found from around section 316 on. However, we may adapt the sections we read to students’ interests. We shall also apply Wittgenstein’s ideas to some current discussions in the philosophy of mind and elsewhere. Additionally, we shall learn how to read the Investigations, this most influential and controversial philosophical text of the twentieth century.
A better informed and critical approach to questions in the philosophy of mind and language, and to philosophical methodology more generally.
Final paper of approximately 2500 words (students should consult me about the paper's subject). Participation in the seminar will be taken into consideration in cases of a borderline grade and may result in a higher or lower grade.