The Paradox Box: Exploring Early Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Ludwig Wittgenstein was a brilliant, intense, complex man who wrote one of history’s most important works of philosophy. The Paradox Box, a novel of historical fiction, explores the rich intellectual milieu that Wittgenstein found at Cambridge University in 1911, which included great thinkers like Bertrand Russell, John Maynard Keynes, and Virginia Woolf.

This course is a book discussion group. Each week students will read a section of the novel and take an open-book quiz before class to reward careful reading. Then in class they will discuss questions that highlight the philosophical significance of the story.

Live Classes: Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Student Expectations: Each week the students must read a section of the book. Before each class they will take an open-book reading quiz and submit answers to discussion questions. In class they will discuss their answers with the instructor, who is also the author of the book.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need the philosophy novel The Paradox Box. They may also wish to purchase the accompanying guidebook, which is not required but which is an excellent source of information and questions based on the novel that will promote deep thinking.



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