This course investigates the rise and flowering of analytical philosophy from Logical Atomism through Logical Positivism to Ordinary Language Philosophy. The course begins with, and periodically returns to, a central analytic concern with the nature of philosophy itself. Special emphasis is placed on the work of Bertrand Russell, early and later Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rudolph Carnap, Karl Popper, W.V.O. Quine, R.M. Hare, C.L. Stevenson, G.E. Moore, Gilbert Ryle, A.J. Ayer, and John Austin.
Prerequisite: one previous course in Philosophy or permission of instructor.