Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: MARCO MAZZONE

Expected Learning Outcomes

1) Knowledge and comprehension: students will acquire basic knowledge of the history and theory of analytical philosophy, and they will explore the main sub-fields and understand the most important issues.

2) Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension: students will exercise their ability to express appropriately a problem, a thesis, or an argument, analyzing them individually or with others.

3) Autonomy of judgment: students will acquire the ability to express their own theoretical intuitions, and assess them in comparison with the ones argued for in the relevant literature.

4) Communicative abilities: students will acquire the ability to express, and discuss with other people, positions, points of view, arguments.

5) Learning abilities: students will learn to deal with a text of analytical philosophy and extract information methodically from it.

Course Structure

Lectures; class discussion (especially on text 3).

Required Prerequisites

No prerequisites required.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory. 

Detailed Course Content

Introduction to the methodological principles and to the paradigm of analytical philosophy. Frege: sense and meaning, grammatical form and logical form. Wittgenstein: Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations. Neopositivistic verificationism. Possible worlds. Quine’s semantic skepticism. Truth and verification. Language and metaphysics.

Reading and comment of Wittgenstein’s «Philosophical Investigations».

Textbook Information

1) P. Casalegno, Brevissima introduzione alla filosofia del linguaggio, Carocci, 2011, pp. 116.

2) A. Voltolini, Guida alla lettura delle «Ricerche filosofiche» di Wittgenstein, Laterza, 2009, pp. 194.

3) L. Wittgenstein, Ricerche filosofiche, Einaudi, 2021, pp. 288.


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All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.