Wittgenstein: Meaning and Mind - PHIL5730

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


The module will enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of Wittgenstein's approach to philosophy, and to acquire familiarity with major themes especially in the areas of epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language. The module will give students practice in deploying their critical philosophical skills.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Total Private Study Hours: 260
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay (3,000 words) – 70%
Weekly Reading Summary (300 words) – 10%
Seminar Participation – 20%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Articulate and critically discuss the main ideas in the text;
2 Articulate and critically discuss the main arguments for those ideas;
3 Show thorough understanding of the main intellectual environment in which the text was written;
4 Show in-depth appreciation of the questions that were raised in the text and why they were important, and, connect these points to the above;
5 Show thorough understanding of the main criticisms of the text and analyse them.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Have developed their skills in critical analysis and argument to a high degree, through both their reading and through listening to others;
2 Have developed their ability to make complex ideas clearly understandable in their philosophical writing, and dialogue, displaying a high level of analytic accuracy;
3 Have developed, to a high degree, their ability to work autonomously and to take responsibility for their learning.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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