Wittgenstein: Meaning and Mind - PHIL5990

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


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


Also available at level 6 (PL573)

Method of assessment

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

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Hacker, P. (1997), Insight and Illusion: Themes in the Philosophy of Wittgenstein, Bristol: Thoemmes Press.
Kanterian, E. (2007), Wittgenstein, London: Reaktion Books.
Wittgenstein, L. (2001), Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, London: Routledge.
Wittgenstein, L. (1972), The Blue and Brown Books, Oxford: Blackwell.
Wittgenstein, L. (1981), Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics, Oxford: Wiley.
Wittgenstein, L. (2009) Philosophical Investigations, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module Level 5 students will be able to:

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


  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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