From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis

From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis

by Frank Jackson
     
 

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Frank Jackson champions the cause of conceptual analysis as a basic method of philosophical inquiry. In recent years conceptual analysis has been undervalued and, Jackson suggests, widely misunderstood; he argues that there is nothing especially mysterious about it and a whole range of important questions cannot be productively addressed without it. He anchors his

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Frank Jackson champions the cause of conceptual analysis as a basic method of philosophical inquiry. In recent years conceptual analysis has been undervalued and, Jackson suggests, widely misunderstood; he argues that there is nothing especially mysterious about it and a whole range of important questions cannot be productively addressed without it. He anchors his argument in discussion of specific philosophical issues, starting with the metaphysical doctrine of physicalism and moving on, via free will, meaning, personal identity, motion and change, to the philosophy of colour and to ethics. The significance of different kinds of supervenience theses, Kripke and Putnam's work in the philosophy of modality and language, and the role of intuitions about possible cases receive detailed attention. Jackson concludes with a defence of a version of analytical descriptivism in ethics. In this way the book not only offers a methodological programme for philosophy, but also throws fascinating new light on some much-debated problems and their interrelations.

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"In the present climate, any serious work on philosophical methodology is of real interest; when the work is by a philosopher as clear and original as Frank Jackson, it is mandatory reading."—Philosophical Review

"An outstanding work. Given its breadth and originality, it deserves to be widely studied. Given its brevity and clarity, it actually might be. The book covers a vast range of topics, from the issue of physicalism in the philosophy of mind, via the nature of conceptual analysis, to the metaphysics of colour and ethics. In each area Jackson stakes out a distinctive position which accords with the basic account of metaphysics defended throughout."—British Journal of the Philosophy of Science

"[A] brilliant exposition and defense of the role of conceptual analysis in serious metaphysics....This excellent book deserves a spot in every academic library."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191519031
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/08/1998
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
299 KB

Meet the Author

Frank Jackson is Professor of Philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

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