Philosophy and Literature
Looks at what defines subject matter/boundaries/methodologies/products of analytic philosophical discourse and literature (mostly novels and plays). Central question: Are there ways of treating philosophical problems in ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics that are well-suited to expression in literature than in standard analytic philosophical discourse? Discusses advantages/disadvantages of different idioms, disciplines for addressing philosophy problems; what lit can teach about philosophy problems relating to mind/morals/meaning of life. Prior to seminar students study A.J. Ayer's Language, Truth and Logic (seminar's exemplar for analytic philosophy). Approved course for PAL Certificate. 3 units.