A brief history of analytic philosophy : from Russell to by Stephen P. Schwartz PDF

By Stephen P. Schwartz

A short heritage of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls provides a accomplished evaluate of the historic improvement of all significant facets of analytic philosophy, the dominant Anglo-American philosophical culture within the 20th century. 

  • Features insurance of the entire significant topic components and figures in analytic philosophy - together with Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, G.E. Moore, Gottlob Frege, Carnap, Quine, Davidson, Kripke, Putnam, and lots of others
  • Contains explanatory historical past fabric to aid clarify technical philosophical concepts
  • Includes listings of advised additional readings
  • Written in a transparent, direct type that presupposes little prior wisdom of philosophy


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12) He understandably felt " a great indignation at the spectacle of the young men of Europe being deceived and butchered in order to gratify the evil passions of their elders" (Russell 1933, p. 13). Russell's vision was so clear and so courageous, and almost solitary at the time of war fervor, that I marvel in admiration. 15 Alas, he had no effect on the carnage. Russell came from a distinguished and aristocratic political family. Russell became 3rd Earl Russell on the death of his father - both his parents died when he was quite young.

I have never but once succeeded in making him tell a lie, and that was by a subterfuge. " "No," he replied. I believe this to be the only lie he had ever told. (Russell 1968, p. ) Moore must have been very personally compelling, because his writing and style of argumentation is convoluted, humorless, and so often 12 Although freed of Hegelianism, we can see that Russell was still struggling to emerge from metaphysical intoxication. The "Platonic ideas" that Russell mentions do not fit well with an empiricist philosophy.

Moore, in particular, is very modest in his claims. Although his article is titled "The Refutation of Idealism," he explicitly denies that anything in the article is a refutation of idealism: I say this lest it should be thought that any of the arguments which will be advanced in this paper would be sufficient to disprove, or any refutation of them sufficient to prove, the truly interesting and important proposition that reality is spiritual. For my own part I wish it to be clearly understood that I do not suppose that anything I shall say has the smallest tendency to prove that reality is not spiritual.

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