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Modern British Philosophy Paperback – November 1, 1971

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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0436271044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0436271045
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,766,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on May 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book based on a BBC-series gives an eminent overview of British 20th century philosophy.

It contains excellent explanations of Russell's Theory of Descriptions, on Wittgenstein ('the structure of language is the mirror of the structure of the world') and on Moore ('it is actually impossible for us ever to be sure whether an action is morally right or not').

We meet a struggling Ayer ('I've come to something of an impasse'), a confident Ryle ('Mind is simply a generic term for certain categories of behaviour, performance, disposition, occurrence and so on') and a conservative Strawson ('Wittgenstein said: Philosophy leaves everything as it is').

Popper attacks vehemently linguistics as empty verbalism ('I have spectacles, and I am cleaning my spectacles now. But spectacles have a function to look at the world. It is the same with language').

The interviews with Alasdair Macintyre on 'Philosophy and Social Theory' and Ninian Smart on 'Philosophy and Religion' are also highly interesting.

But Bryan Magee spans the crown as a brilliant interviewer, summarising the philosophy of his guests better than themselves.

Not to be missed.
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