Appreciating Analytic Philosophy: A Conversation with Scott Soames

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Open Agenda Publishing, Feb 1, 2021 - Philosophy

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Scott Soames, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at University of Southern California. Scott Soames is specialized in the philosophy of language and the history of analytic philosophy. This detailed conversation provides a detailed introduction to analytic philosophy, including some examples of contemporary relevance to a wide range of other fields.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction,The Utility of Philosophy, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. An Analytical Introduction - From sociological musings to Gottlob Frege

II. Investigating Logic - The benefits of rigorous inquiry

III. Language and Meaning - Minds as gateways to information

IV. Legal Applications - Some concrete examples

V. Changing the Culture - Philosophy everywhere

VI. Gödelian Challenges - Making sense of the incompleteness theorems

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Investigating Logic
Legal Applications
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About the author (2021)

Howard Burton, the founder and creator of Ideas On Film, holds a PhD in theoretical physics and an MA in philosophy. For his award-winning initiative Ideas Roadshow, Howard has hosted and filmed in-depth conversations with more than 100 world-leading experts, including 3 Nobel Laureates, through a focused yet informal setting. 

Howard has been able to capture candid, behind-the-scenes insights which offer a detailed portrayal of the world of today's top researchers across all disciplines. Howard was the Founding Director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and his experiences at developing the research and outreach mandates of PI were described in his book, First Principles: Building Perimeter Institute, featuring a foreword by Nobel Laureate Roger Penrose.

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