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Analytic philosophy: The history of an illusion

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Analytic philosophy (AP), some proclaim, is dead or in crisis. It should be

    so lucky. Its status may be, in fact, much more ephemeral. In this readable

    and accessible monograph, Preston makes out an interesting and engaging

    case for the claim that AP has never really existed at all. At first blush this

    news is a bit hard to swallow. After all there seem to be many, many

    existing practitioners in our discipline that regard themselves as analytic

    philosophers and these adherents clearly exert a powerful influence on

    professional philosophy in Anglophone countries (and this influence is felt

    elsewhere too, even if only negatively). So, it certainly looks as if there is

    such a thing as AP, whatever its state of health.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2010). Analytic philosophy: The history of an illusion. Philosophical Investigations, 33 (2 - April), 187-191.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/717

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 187

End Page


  • 191

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 2 - April

Abstract


  • Analytic philosophy (AP), some proclaim, is dead or in crisis. It should be

    so lucky. Its status may be, in fact, much more ephemeral. In this readable

    and accessible monograph, Preston makes out an interesting and engaging

    case for the claim that AP has never really existed at all. At first blush this

    news is a bit hard to swallow. After all there seem to be many, many

    existing practitioners in our discipline that regard themselves as analytic

    philosophers and these adherents clearly exert a powerful influence on

    professional philosophy in Anglophone countries (and this influence is felt

    elsewhere too, even if only negatively). So, it certainly looks as if there is

    such a thing as AP, whatever its state of health.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2010). Analytic philosophy: The history of an illusion. Philosophical Investigations, 33 (2 - April), 187-191.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/717

Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 187

End Page


  • 191

Volume


  • 33

Issue


  • 2 - April