Meaning, Mind and Faith - PL599

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
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5 30 (15)


Most students applying to register for this module will previously have taken the Part I modules ‘Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Metaphysics’ and ‘Philosophical Thinking’, which are pre-requisites for progression to Part II of the Philosophy SH and JH programmes. If, exceptionally, they have not taken and successfully completed those Part I modules, students will be admitted to ‘Wittgenstein’ only at the convenor’s discretion. There are no other pre-requisites. Students registered for other degree programmes may apply to take the module, but some philosophical or relevantly similar background will be expected.

This module is naturally compatible with the stage 2 and 3 modules ‘Philosophy of Mind I and II’, ‘Sciences of the Mind’, Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Language.





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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

This module will be taught by means of a two-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar for ten weeks.


Also available under code PL573 (Level H)

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Preliminary reading

Indicative reading:

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. (1953) Philosophical Investigations, Oxford: Blackwell.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

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

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

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