Analytic Philosophy in America

Analytic Philosophy in America

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In this collection of recent and unpublished essays, leading analytic philosopher Scott Soames traces milestones in his field from its beginnings in Britain and Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, through its subsequent growth in the United States, up to its present as the worlda€™s most vigorous philosophical tradition. The central essay chronicles how analytic philosophy developed in the United States out of American pragmatism, the impact of European visitors and immigrants, the midcentury transformation of the Harvard philosophy department, and the rapid spread of the analytic approach that followed. Another essay explains the methodology guiding analytic philosophy, from the logicism of Frege and Russell through Wittgensteina€™s linguistic turn and Carnapa€™s vision of replacing metaphysics with philosophy of science. Further essays review advances in logic and the philosophy of mathematics that laid the foundation for a rigorous, scientific study of language, meaning, and information. Other essays discuss W.V.O. Quine, David K. Lewis, Saul Kripke, the Frege-Russell analysis of quantification, Russella€™s attempt to eliminate sets with his a€œno class theory, a€ and the Quine-Carnap dispute over meaning and ontology. The collection then turns to topics at the frontier of philosophy of language. The final essays, combining philosophy of language and law, advance a sophisticated originalist theory of interpretation and apply it to U.S. constitutional rulings about due process.he fifteen essays collected in this volume include three (essays 3, 4, and 8) that have not previously been published, two (2, 6) that are forthcoming, six (5, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15) that were published between 2011 and 2014, and four (1, 9, 10, 12) that were published between 2007 and 2010. ... analytic philosophy grew at the City College of New York, the University of Chicago, Berkeley, UCLA, and elsewhere.

Title:Analytic Philosophy in America
Author:Scott Soames
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2014-03-23


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