Amos Browne

Amos Browne
Research Interests: Rationality, Animal Minds; Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious; History of Analytic Philosophy (particularly the philosophy of Wittgenstein)

Previous Education

BA, Litterae Humaniores (Classics and Philosophy), Oxford University, 2006

Interests

Rationality, Animal Minds; Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious; History of Analytic Philosophy (particularly the philosophy of Wittgenstein)

Dissertation

Dissertation Title: “Explanation and Action”

Dissertation Committee: Jason Bridges (chair), David Finkelstein, James Conant

Recent Courses

PHIL 24267/34267 Iris Murdoch

(MAPH 34266)

In this course we'll read through philosophical work by Iris Murdoch spanning her whole career, along with several of her novels. Topics covered will include: Murdoch's criticism of the moral and practical philosophy of her time; her encounter with the work of Sartre and the existentialists; her engagement with the dialogues of Plato; her later work in moral psychology; and her discussions of aesthetics and the relation between art and philosophy. Primary philosophical readings will be taken from the collection 'Existentialists and Mystics,' and her last work 'Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals.'

This class is primarily intended for students in the MAPH program; undergraduates in their 3rd and 4th year will be admitted with instructor consent, based on the number of available places in the class.

2019-2020 Winter

PHIL 23920/33920 Later Wittgenstein

(MAPH 34265)

This course is meant as an introduction to Wittgenstein's later work.  Our primary focus will be a close reading of Philosophical Investigations, with supplementary readings drawn from other writings.  Topics covered will include: meaning and understanding, sensation and privacy, imagination and intentionality, and the nature of philosophy. 

This will be a writing- and discussion-intensive class intended for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates and MA students.  Enrollment will be limited, and instructor consent is required.

2018-2019 Winter