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Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy (Mind Association Occasional) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Sorell , G. A. J. Rogers
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Philosophy written in English is overwhelmingly analytic philosophy, and the techniques and predilections of analytic philosophy are not only unhistorical but anti-historical, and hostile to textual commentary. Analytic usually aspires to a very high degree of clarity and precision of formulation and argument, and it often seeks to be informed by, and consistent with, current natural science. In an earlier era, analytic philosophy aimed at agreement with ordinary linguistic intuitions or common sense beliefs, or both. All of these aspects of the subject sit uneasily with the use of historical texts for philosophical illumination. In this book, ten distinguished philosophers explore the tensions between, and the possibilities of reconciling, analytic philosophy and history of philosophy.

Contributors: M. R. Ayers, John Cottingham, Daniel Garber, Gary Hatfield, Anthony Kenny, Steven Nadler, G. A. J. Rogers, Tom Sorell, Catherine Wilson, Yves Charles Zarka

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timely, balanced and of the highest quality. P. J. E. Kail, Mind Journal a fine collection of essays written by fine historians, how fascinating the history of philosophy can be Paul Schuurman, British Journal for the History of Philosophy

About the Author

Tom Sorell is at Department of Philosophy, University of Essex. G. A. J. Rogers is at Department of Philosophy, Keele University.

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 2, 2005)
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In his introduction, Tom Sorell notes that analytic philosophy is not only unhistorical but anti-historical. Contributors describe some of the problems this has caused for the history of philosophy and the reasons it has been generally reduced to little more than a repository of assorted philosophical arguments and errors. Given that the role of history is to cast the light of the past on the present, it invites the question of why the history of philosophy has allowed itself to be so reduced that it can neither contextualize the analytic tradition in the history of philosophy, nor compare and contrast it with other alternative traditions in philosophy. Are philosophical analysts intellectual bullies who will brook no contextualization of both their strengths and weaknesses in the history of philosophy? Is this why analytic philosophy is anti-historical? If so, what can historians of philosophy do to show that philosophy cannot be reduced to the analytic tradition in philosophy?
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