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Instructor Info:Jonathan Westphal
Office Extension x6848
Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
Description: A close but informal seminar reading of one of the main seminal works in twentieth philosophy, Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations of 1953. In spite of the mysteriousness and difficulty of the text, the course will take Wittgenstein's own view, early and late, that philosophy, though it may be difficult, is also simple, and that its simplicity transforms the sense and the context in which it is itself difficult. "Philosophy unties the knots in our thinking, which we have so foolishly placed there, but in order to do that it must make movements that are just as complicated as the knots. Although the result of philosophy is simple, its method can never be." Students will be required to own their own copies of the "Philosophical Investigations." Prerequisites: Some philosophy an advantage, but not required.