From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis

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Clarendon Press, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 174 pages
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Frank Jackson champions the cause of conceptual analysis as central to philosophical inquiry. In recent years conceptual analysis has been undervalued and widely misunderstood, suggests Jackson. He argues that such analysis is mistakenly clouded in mystery, preventing a whole range of important questions from being productively addressed. He anchors his argument in discussions of specific philosophical issues, starting with the metaphysical doctrine of physicalism and moving on, via free will, meaning, personal identity, motion, and change, to ethics and the philosophy of color. In this way the book not only offers a methodological program for philosophy, but also casts new light on some much-debated problems and their interrelations.

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Frank Jackson is Professor of Philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

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