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Analytic philosophy in America : and other historical and contemporary essays

Author: Scott Soames
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2. printView all editions and formats
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Subject: In this collection of recent and unpublished essays, analytic philosopher Scott Soames traces milestones in his field from its beginnings in Britain and Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, through its subsequent growth in the United States, up to its present as the world's most vigorous philosophical tradition. The central essay chronicles how analytic philosophy developed in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Soames
ISBN: 9780691160726 0691160724 9780691176406 069117640X
OCLC Number: 1002795601
Notes: 40023494982
Description: xxvi, 350 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Milestones : Analytic philosophy in America (2008) ; Methodology in late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century analytic philosophy (forthcoming) ; Language, meaning, and information: a case study on the path from philosophy to science ; For want of cognitively defined propositions: a history of insights and lost philosophical opportunities ; The place of Willard Van Orman Quine in analytic philosophy (2013) ; David Lewis's place in analytic philosophy (forthcoming) ; Kripke on epistemic and metaphysical possibility: two routes to the necessary A Posteriori (2011) --
2. Historical problems and controversies : What is the Frege/Russell analysis of quantification? ; No class: Russell on contextual definition and the elimination of sets (2008) ; Ontology, analyticity, and meaning: the Quine-Carnap dispute (2009) --
3. Current topics : Two versions of Millianism (2012) ; What are natural kinds? (2007) ; Vagueness and the law (2012) ; Toward a theory of legal interpretation (2012) ; Deferentialism: a post-originalist theory of legal interpretation (2013)
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Subject: In this collection of recent and unpublished essays, analytic philosopher Scott Soames traces milestones in his field from its beginnings in Britain and Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, through its subsequent growth in the United States, up to its present as the world's most vigorous philosophical tradition. The central essay chronicles how analytic philosophy developed in the United States out of American pragmatism, the impact of European visitors and immigrants, the midcentury transformation of the Harvard philosophy department, and the rapid spread of the analytic approach that followed

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