OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Pages
152 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
Series
Very Short Introductions

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  • Offers a clear, accessible introduction to analytic philosophy, introducing some of the key ideas of five of its main founders
  • Illustrates the fruitfulness and conceptual creativity of analytic philosophy
  • Explores the spread of analytic philosophy to become the dominant philosophical tradition across the world
  • Discusses the criticisms of analytic philosophy

Originating in the pioneering work of Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, and Ludwig Wittgenstein in the four decades around the turn of the twentieth century, analytic philosophy established itself in various forms in the 1930s. After the Second World War, it developed further in North America, in the rest of Europe, and is now growing in influence as the dominant philosophical tradition right across the world, from Latin America to East Asia. 

In this Very Short Introduction Michael Beaney introduces some of the key ideas of the founders of analytic philosophy by exploring certain fundamental philosophical questions and showing how those ideas can be used in offering answers. Considering the work of Susan Stebbing, he also explores the application of analytic philosophy to critical thinking, and emphasizes the conceptual creativity that lies at the heart of fruitful analysis. Throughout, Beaney illustrates why clarity of thinking, precision of expression, and rigour of argumentation are rightly seen as virtues of analytic philosophy. 

Index: 

Introduction
1: How many things are there?
2: How can we speak of what does not exist?
3: Do you know what I mean?
4: Are there limits to what we can say and think?
5: How can we think more clearly?
6: So what is analytic philosophy?
References
Further Reading
Glossary
Index

About the author: 

Michael Beaney, Professor of History of Analytic Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Professor of Philosophy, King's College London
 
Michael Beaney is Professor of History of Analytic Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and Professor of Philosophy at King's College London. Educated at Oxford, where he did his doctorate, he has also taught at Birkbeck College London and the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, and York, as well as at the Open University. He has held Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Jena in Germany, and has been Visiting Professor at Peking University and Beijing Normal University in China. He is the author of Frege: Making Sense (1996) and Imagination and Creativity (2005); and editor of The Frege Reader (1997), Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers (with Erich Reck; 4 vols., 2005), The Analytic Turn(2007), and The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy (2013). He is also editor of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

"A concise, delightfully accessible, and intellectually stimulating introduction to philosophy in the analytic tradition, especially its formative phase." - Erich Reck, Professor, University of California at Riverside

"What a great 'thought-thinking trip'. Beaney gives us a concise, excellent introduction to analytic philosophy, one that takes on the vexed question of saying what analytic philosophy is, and delivers a fine, historically tethered, answer." - Professor Cheryl Misak, University of Toronto

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