Modern Philosophical Giant: Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ref: C3531056

Ludwig Wiitgenstein is regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the C.20th giving rise to 2 new schools of philosophy! Revered by the logical positivists and analytic philosophers for writing the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and bringing a 'new method' to bear on how langauge and thought is to be srcutinised. Wittgenstein famously claimed to have 'solved all the problems of philosophy' in the only book he published in his lifetime. However, it will be argued that Wittgenstein was and still is severly (and possibly deliberately) misunderstood, and his claim to have 'solved all the problems of philosophy' was actually an attempt to destroy academic-analytic philosophy by drawing a limit to 'what can be said' in logical form. This course will examine the life and work of Ludwig Wittgenstein with special attention being given to his short masterpiece the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and its many conflicting interpretations.

Course aim

An introduction to the work of the early Ludwig Wittgenstein and an analysis of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will be able to give one interpretation of Wittgenstein's philosophical project.
  • You will be able to analyse and evaluate conflicting views over Wittgenstein's philosophical project.
  • Use technical terms correctly

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • We will be using the book the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and the tutor will provide an e-digital copy to display in class.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • If you would like to purchase a copy of the Tractatus we will be using the Pears and McGuinness translation (routledge classics), however, a digital projected copy will be avaliable in class.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas:
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Modern Philosophical Giant: Ludwig Wittgenstein

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