PHIL493-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Landmarks of Analytic Philosophy

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course is about major new discoveries and developments that have occurred in analytic philosophy - developments that have forever changed how philosophers will approach major questions in metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of mind, ethics, and the philosophy of language. Topics covered will vary from year to year depending on student interest, but may include Quine's monumentally influential Two Dogmas of Empiricism, Saul Kripke's ground-breaking discoveries in Naming and Necessity, Hillary Putnam's writings about the strange planet of Twin Earth, David Lewis' infamously counterintuitive theory that all coherently imaginable possible worlds exist 'out there' as universes parallel to this one, a powerful new framework for analysing possibility called 'two-dimensional semantics', Thomas Nagel on the subject of the inner lives of bats, Donald Davidson's 'Swampman' thought experiment, and a mythical philosophical figure popularly known as 'Kripkenstein'.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Karl Popper 413
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Course Coordinator

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts Head of Department

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,937.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All PHIL493 Occurrences

  • PHIL493-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • PHIL493-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022 - Not Offered