The Philosophy of Philosophy / Edition 1

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Overview

The standard narratives of the development of philosophy over the past century are increasingly inadequate, yet it remains unclear what should replace them. The Philosophy of Philosophy provides an original and provocative take on the nature and methodology of philosophy. Pre-eminent contemporary philosopher Timothy Williamson rejects the ideology of the most distinctive trend of 20th-century philosophy - the "linguistic turn." He describes the method of philosophy as evolving from non-philosophical ways of thinking and proposes a fresh understanding of both contemporary and past philosophers.

This is the second volume in the Blackwell/Brown Lectures in Philosophy series, offering compact books with cutting-edge research from across the discipline. Based on public lectures held at Brown University, the books in this series are written by established scholars of the highest caliber, presenting their work in a clear and concise format.

About the Author:
Timothy Williamson is Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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“Worthwhile reading … for anyone reckoning him or herself to be part of the analytic tradition. Superb in coming to grips with one’s methodological self-understanding.” Metapsychology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405133968
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Blackwell / Brown Lectures in Philosophy Series , #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,374,875
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Williamson is Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts. Williamson is the author of Identity and Discrimination (1990), Vagueness (1996), Knowledge and its Limits (2000) and numerous articles on logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Linguistic Turn and the Conceptual Turn     10
Taking Philosophical Questions at Face Value     23
Metaphysical Conceptions of Analyticity     48
Epistemological Conceptions of Analyticity     73
Knowledge of Metaphysical Modality     134
Thought Experiments     179
Evidence in Philosophy     208
Knowledge Maximization     247
Afterword: Must Do Better     278
Modal Logic within Counterfactual Logic     293
Counterfactual Donkeys     305
Bibliography     309
Index     322
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