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About the Author
Scott Soames is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. His other books include Reference and Description (Princeton), Beyond Rigidity, and Understanding Truth.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Volume 2 xiii
PART ONE: LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN'S PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATIONS 1
Rejection of the Tractarian Conception of Language and Analysis 3
Rule Following and the Private Language Argument 32
Suggested Further Reading 62
PART TWO: CLASSICS OF ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY: TRUTH, GOODNESS, THE MIND, AND ANALYSIS 65
Ryle's Dilemmas 67
Ryle's Concept of Mind 92
Strawson's Performative Theory of Truth 115
Hare's Performative Theory of Goodness 135
Suggested Further Reading 153
PART THREE: MORE CLASSICS OF ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY: THE RESPONSE TO RADICAL SKEPTICISM 155
Malcolm's Paradigm Case Argument 157
Austin's Sense and Sensibilia 171
Suggested Further Reading 193
PART FOUR: PAUL GRICE AND THE END OF ORDINARY LANGUAGE PHILOSOPHY 195
Language Use and the Logic of Conversation 197
Suggested Further Reading 219
PART FIVE: THE PHILOSOPHICAL NATURALISM OF WILLARD VAN ORMAN QUINE 221
The Indeterminacy of Translation 223
Quine's Radical Semantic Eliminativism 259
Suggested Further Reading 287
PART SIX: DONALD DAVIDSON ON TRUTH AND MEANING 289
Theories of Truth as Theories of Meaning 291
Truth, Interpretation, and the Alleged Unintelligibility of Alternative Conceptual Schemes 312
Suggested Further Reading 331
PART SEVEN: SAUL KRIPKE ON NAMING AND NECESSITY 333
Names, Essence, and Possibility 335
The Necessary Aposteriori 372
The Contingent Apriori 397
Natural Kind Terms and Theoretical Identification Statements 423
Suggested Further Reading 457
The Era of Specialization 461
What People are Saying About This
This monumental study is a careful assessment of the successes and the failures of twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Soames displays unfailingly sound judgment throughout. The work is invaluable to those of us who have contributed to this period of very recent history of thought, and more importantly, to our students who will build upon the triumphs and will profit from the defeats of ourselves and our predecessors, carrying philosophy forward into the new millennium. The work is also a comprehensive reality check in the face of persistent accusations (coming not only from those who do not understand analytic philosophy, but also from those who remain stuck in its recent failures) that analytic philosophy is a disease or a futile exercise in wheel spinning. Analytic philosophy is, and has always been, a rational quest for knowledge and understanding. Its tools are clarification, argument, and tutored intuition. Soames provides perspective concerning the best of recent philosophical thought, articulating its most important developments, dead ends, and discoveries.
Nathan Salmon, University of California, Santa Barbara
Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century is a critical examination of key texts and trends in analytic philosophy by one of its leading contemporary practitioners. Soames has applied his formidable forensic talents to highlight the insights and expose the errors of the major figures from Moore to Kripke. These two volumes are an essential resource for any serious student of analytic philosophy.
Alex Byrne, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This is an extraordinarily impressive piece of work. It will be very valuable to capable, advanced undergraduates, and I expect it to be used widely in graduate courses and discussed frequently by scholars. It provides a substantive vision of how and where real progress has been made by philosophers in the analytic tradition, as well as how and why analytic philosophy sometimes took a step backward. Soames himself is doing cutting-edge work in core areas of analytic philosophy and is thus able to bring a level of philosophical sophistication to his treatment that few have available to them.
John Hawthorne, Rutgers University
Together these two volumes constitute an outstanding contribution to the field. They present the views and arguments of the major philosophers of the period with unmatched clarity and subject them to deep and critical scrutiny. In my view there is no other work on the history of twentieth-century century analytic philosophy that matches it in its scope, depth, and elegance.
Ali Kazmi, University of Calgary
A history of analytic philosophy and an excellent piece of analytic philosophy in its own right. We can all benefit from Soames's discussion of the central issues that have shaped the subject and his assessment of what we have achieved and where we might have gone wrong.
Kit Fine, New York University