Professor Gary Jason, PhD | Analytic Philosophy

Analytic Philosophy

Course Syllabus

PH 222 Analytic Philosophy 1900-1950

Teacher: Prof Gary Jason

Office: AH4142    Hours: MWF 11:00-noon and by appointment

Phone: 888-213-8183                      email:


  1. Bertrand Russell   Logic and Knowledge

2.  Alfred Jules Ayer   Language, Truth and Logic

3.  Ludwig Wittgenstein   Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

4.  Ludwig Wittgenstein   Philosophical Investigations

5.  G. E. Moore essays

Course Description: This course introduces the student to the key philosophers and main issues in Analytic Philosophy in the first half of the 20th Century.

Learning Goals: Class lecture and discussion will focus on seminal works by a small group of thinkers-Russell, Ayer, Moore, and Wittgenstein. However, lectures will also survey movements within analytic philosophy (such as logical positivism), and cover a number of other philosophers (such as Carnap and Popper).

Assessment Procedures: Students are required to read all required works, and be diligent in attendance (no more than six absences allowed). Additionally, there will be a midterm and final exam, both essay format, and a term paper. The student’s term paper topic will be chosen with my approval. The paper will be 8-15 pages, double-spaced. Approximate weighting:

Midterm = 30%

Final exam  = 30%

Term paper = 40%


Policy on Cheating: Any student who cheats at any time in my class will receive an “F” for the entire course, and I will turn the matter over to the Chairperson of the Department for whatever further action is required by the University. For further explanation, visit my website.

Lecture flow:

Topic 1: Philosophic movements in the first half of the 20th Century

Topic 2: What is analytic philosophy?

Topic 3: A brief survey of deductive logic

Topic 4: G. E. Moore

Topic 5: Frege

Topic 6: Russell: background and bio

Topic 7: Russell’s Logical Atomism

Topic 8: Wittgenstein I: The Tractatus

Topic 9: Ayer and Logical Positivism

Topic 10: Wittgenstein II: The Investigations