A Brief History of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 28, 2012 - Philosophy - 368 pages
A Brief History of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls presents a comprehensive overview of the historical development of all major aspects of analytic philosophy, the dominant Anglo-American philosophical tradition in the twentieth century.
  • Features coverage of all the major subject areas and figures in analytic philosophy - including Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, G.E. Moore, Gottlob Frege, Carnap, Quine, Davidson, Kripke, Putnam, and many others
  • Contains explanatory background material to help make clear technical philosophical concepts
  • Includes listings of suggested further readings
  • Written in a clear, direct style that presupposes little previous knowledge of philosophy


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CarnapMeaning and Necessity
Philosophy of Mind
Objections to FunctionalismBats and the Chinese Room
Anomalous Monism
The Problem of Mental Causation
Further Reading
Modal Logic

Moores and Russells AntiHegelianism
Further Reading
Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Tractatus LogicoPhilosophicus
The Vienna Circle and their Allies
The Elimination of Metaphysics and the Logical Positivist Program
The Demise of the Vienna Circle
The Influence of the Logical Positivists
Further Reading
The Demise of the Verifiability Criterion of Meaningfulness
Quines Rejection of the AnalyticSynthetic Distinction
Quinean Empiricism without the Dogmas
Nelson Goodman Richard Rorty and Hilary Putnam
Further Reading
The Attack on FormalismStrawson and Ryle
Philosophy of LanguageAustin and Wittgenstein
Philosophy of MindRyle Strawson and Wittgenstein
The Rejection of Sense Data Theory
The Legacy of Ordinary Language Philosophy
Further Reading
Formal Logic and Philosophy of Language
Possible Worlds
Problems with the Canonical Conception of Possible Worlds
Transworld Identity and Identification
The Modal Version of the Ontological Argument
Further Reading
The Traditional Theory of Meaning and Reference
Names and Descriptions
Natural Kind Terms
Problems for the New Theory of Reference
Applications of the New Theory of Reference to the Philosophy of Mind
The Social Cultural and Institutional Basis of Meaning and Reference
Further Reading
G E Moores Principia Ethica
The NonCognitivism of C L Stevenson
The Universal Prescriptivism of R M Hare
The Return to Substantive Ethics
Questioning the FactValue Divide
Peter Singer and Animal Liberation
John Rawls Theory of Justice
Further Reading
Analytic Philosophy since 1980
What is the Future of Analytic Philosophy?
Further Reading

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Stephen P. Schwartz is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Ithaca College, New York. He has published numerous articles in leading analytic philosophy journals.

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