||Meets MnTC Goal Areas 1 and 2. This course will be a survey of several 20th century philosophical movements, such as logical positivism, ordinary language philosophy, hermeneutics and semiotics. Representative philosophers in this area agree that careful attention to language is one of the keys to the resolution of philosophical problems. Students will be introduced to theories of meaning and truth and the structure of language. This course will explore the relation of language to thought and the world; semantics and syntax; descriptions and reference; and structuralism and the possibility of objective knowledge. The works of representative thinkers in the analytic tradition could include Frege, Moore, Russell and Wittgenstein, while representatives from the continental traditions could include the likes of Ferdinand de Saussure, Umberto Eco, Hans-Georg Gadamer and Roland Barthes.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of language.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of argumentation.
- Collaborate with classmates to synthesize and evaluate the readings.
- Understand the processes of writing and speaking as processes of thinking.
- Incorporate multiple points of view, from diverse sources, into their writing.
- Utilize feedback from classmates to develop and modify their written positions.
- Recognize and incorporate an interpretation as a means of invention.
- Understand and demonstrate the hermeneutic process as means of inventing, interpreting, revising and editing.
- Identify the dangers of group dynamics (structural or otherwise) to legitimate intellectual inquiry.
|MnTC goal areas:
- (1) Communication
- (2) Critical Thinking
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