The Story of Analytic Philosophy: Plot and Heroes

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The Story of Analytic Philosophy: Plot and Heroes is an edited collection of essays looking at analytic philosophy in its historical context. Analytic philosophy has been, for some time now, in a state of crisis - having to deal with its self-image, its relationship with philosophical alternatives, its fruitfulness and even legitimacy in the general philosophical community. The Story of Analytic Philosophy: Plot and Heroes presents an obvious and explicit awareness of the crisis by "insiders," with a view to ...
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Overview

The Story of Analytic Philosophy: Plot and Heroes is an edited collection of essays looking at analytic philosophy in its historical context. Analytic philosophy has been, for some time now, in a state of crisis - having to deal with its self-image, its relationship with philosophical alternatives, its fruitfulness and even legitimacy in the general philosophical community. The Story of Analytic Philosophy: Plot and Heroes presents an obvious and explicit awareness of the crisis by "insiders," with a view to interpreting it. Such an interpretation is accomplished by telling the story of analytic philosophy - that is, by presenting its raison d'etre and the motivations, methods, and results of its eminent figures. The "plot," or the theoretics of a philosophical movement, is told by contributors Hacker, Hylton, Sacks, Skorupski and others. Each of the essays falling into this category addresses essential issues such as analysis, style, psychologism, and empiricism. The story of the "heroes," signifying the likes of Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein, is a well known story, but still worth retelling. Floyd, Friedlander, Putnam and Lurie are some of the philosophers in this collection who examine the story of the heroes in a new light.
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Presents 15 papers addressing various aspects of the current crisis in analytic philosophy. Topics include rationalism vs. romanticism, empiricism without positivism, psychologism and meaning, analysis without elimination in Russell's "On Denoting," Wittgenstein as the forlorn caretaker of language, Kripkean realism, and Fregean semantics. Concludes with an essay by Jaakko Hintikka that exposes popular interpretations of Wittgenstein as destructive of the analytic movement and points to a way out of this destructiveness. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Preface
1 Analytic philosophy: what, whence, and whither? 3
2 Analysis in analytic philosophy 37
3 Analytical philosophy as a matter of style 56
4 Analytic philosophy: rationalism vs. romanticism 71
5 The subject, normative structure, and externalism 88
6 Empiricism without positivism 108
7 Psychologism and meaning 123
8 Frege, semantics, and the double definition stroke 141
9 Analysis without elimination: on the philosophical significance of Russell's "On Denoting" 167
10 Perception: from Moore to Austin 182
11 Wittgenstein: analytic philosopher? 197
12 Wittgenstein as the forlorn caretaker of language 209
13 Heidegger, Carnap, Wittgenstein: much ado about nothing 226
14 Kripkean realism and Wittgenstein's realism 241
15 Who is about to kill analytic philosophy? 253
Index 270
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