PHIL308T     Studies in Contemporary Philosophy: A Philosopher's Toolkit
Semester:Fall 2013
Instructor: Georges Rey
Room:SKN 1115
Meeting Times:2:00pm - 3:15pm

Most introductory courses in logic, such as our PHIL170, focus upon setting out the rules of a formal system, and there’s usually not time to discuss its significance.  This course addresses this latter issue, its motivation, how it in fact captures (and sometimes defies) logical intuitions, and how it supplies useful tools for clarifying a range of different philosophical problems, from issues of meaning, to issues of ontology and scientific reduction.  Except in unusual cases, this is NOT a good first course in logic or philosophy: students should enroll in it only if they have had some exposure to logic already, as well as to problems in metaphysics, epistemology and/or phil of mind and meaning that it is meant to address.