A brief history of analytic philosophy : from Russell to by Stephen P. Schwartz

By Stephen P. Schwartz

A short heritage of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls provides a finished review of the historic improvement of all significant points of analytic philosophy, the dominant Anglo-American philosophical culture within the 20th century. 

  • Features assurance of the entire significant topic parts and figures in analytic philosophy - together with Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, G.E. Moore, Gottlob Frege, Carnap, Quine, Davidson, Kripke, Putnam, and lots of others
  • Contains explanatory history fabric to aid clarify technical philosophical concepts
  • Includes listings of prompt additional readings
  • Written in a transparent, direct type that presupposes little earlier wisdom of philosophy


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The rebuilding process would exhibit clearly the essential structure of the area of knowledge. Note, however, that the basic elements of physics, according to Russell, would not be atoms. Atoms are already highly derived. = If your atom is going to serve purposes in physics, as it undoubtedly does, your atom has got to turn out to be a construction, and your atom will in fact turn out to be a series of classes of particulars. The same process which one applies to physics, one will also apply elsewhere.

But as I noted in the Introduc­ tion, both the analytic and Continental philosophical traditions have rnore in cornrnon than they rnay like to recognize in that they are both manifestations of rnodernisrn. ) Sociological and cultural reasons also played a role in Moore's and Russell's turning away frorn Hegelianisrn and Kantianisrn and toward British ernpiricisrn, and perhaps these sociological and cultural reasons had rnore influence than either Moore or Russell would like to admit. At the tirne of the key essays "On Denoting" and "A Refutation of Idealism," England was in a period of high tension with Germany and especially Prussia.

So the statement "The first president of the United States was born in Virginia" is true. There is one and only one first president of the United States and he was born in Virginia. Here it is in contemporary symbolic logic: :Jx{ [Fx & Vy(Fy ::i x y)] & Vx}. The first part says there is at least one thing that is the first president of the United States (there is a first president of the United States), the next part is impossible to put into plain English from the symbols but says in effect that there is at most one, and the last part says that that unique president was born in Virginia.

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