Silver Bronzo

Silver Bronzo
Visiting Assistant Professor
Stuart Hall, Room 202-A
PhD, University of Chicago, 2015
Teaching at UChicago since 2022
Research Interests: Wittgenstein, History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Silver Bronzo was Assistant Professor at HSE University, Moscow, between 2016 and 2022. His research interests focus on the Wittgenstein, the History of Analytic Philosophy, and foundational issues in contemporary philosophy of language.

Selected Publications







Recent Courses

PHIL 20121/30121 The Philosophy of Language of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus

This course examines the conception of language of the early Wittgenstein though the lens of six common distinctions in the philosophy of language: (1) meaningful sentences vs. meaningful words; (2) semantic content vs. syntactical form; (3) meaningful signs vs. signs; (4) act vs. content; (5) forceful vs. forceless content; and (6) language vs. thought. We will see that the Tractatus challenges familiar ways of construing these distinctions. Specifically, it rejects the view that the second term of each distinction is the conceptually more basic case, while the first term is a composite phenomenon obtained by adding some extra ingredient to the second term. Rather, the second term of each pair, insofar as it is a genuine phenomenon, presupposes in various different ways the other term (sometimes because it is only an abstraction, sometimes because it is a derivative phenomenon, and sometimes because its specification involves derivative notions), or has instead exactly the same status (as in the case, arguably, of language and inner thought). This means that the Tractatus opposes the idea that the full-blown phenomenon of language (that is, language used by some speaker to say something that makes sense) can be reconstructed from a number of more fundamental ingredients. Rather, the full-blown phenomenon of language is the starting point in terms of which each of the aforementioned distinctions, if at all defensible, can be properly vindicated. (B) (IV)

There are no prerequisites for this course, but some previous exposure to the philosophy of language or the history of analytic philosophy is recommended.

2022-2023 Autumn
Philosophy of Language