Thursday 2.00 - 4.00
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Lectures and Conversations on Aesthetics, Psychology and Religious Belief
This five-week summer course is on a short (fewer than a hundred pages) but fascinating volume of notes made by Wittgenstein’s students. Matters at issue include:
• the character and evaluation of aesthetic judgements;
• whether aesthetics can be made scientific;
• the interpretation of dreams;
• the nature and rationality of religious belief.
The book is published by Wiley (Blackwell, as was) under the ISBN 0631095802 / 9780631095804.
Sessions may involve group work and/or a short presentation by the tutor. The reading for the first week is pp. 1–18, which consists of parts I and II of the ‘Lectures on Aesthetics’.