Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion by Aaron Preston

By Aaron Preston

A singular, severe account of the origins and improvement of the dominant tuition of philosophy within the English-speaking international.

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Despite its simplicity, his characterization is meaningful; and it is meaningful not only in the literal sense of conveying a thought, but also in the sense that it is consistent with and gives insight into the ordinary use of ‘analytic philosophy’. 42 Analytic Philosophy The Fall of the Traditional Conception The existence of the TC enables historical research to begin by orienting it toward the correct subject.

Also like Corrado’s departure, however, it is best explained by the TC’s focus on the linguistic thesis and the early analytic conception of logic as an ideal language. Again, the rule is observed in the breach. Also in 1997, Sluga provided a similar characterization without any idiosyncrasies: Following common practice, I take analytic philosophy here as originating in the work of Frege, Russell, Moore, and Wittgenstein, as encompassing the logical empiricism of the Vienna Circle, English ordinary language philosophy of the post-war period, American mainstream philosophy of recent decades, as well as their worldwide affiliates and descendants.

Naming Frege as founder places its origin in the late nineteenth century, but even Dummett recognizes that the movement did not come into its own until the early twentieth century (1993: viii). Dummett’s Origins of Analytical Philosophy (1993) was published just as the history of AP movement was gaining significant momentum, and just as AP’s metaphilosophical crisis was becoming so apparent that few could continue to ignore it. For instance, in 1996, Bernard Williams foreshadowed Leiter’s current views about the collapse of the analytic/ Continental distinction and with it the identity of AP, saying, ‘philosophy in the United States, in other English-speaking parts of the world, and in many other countries as well, is now very largely the same.

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