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

By Stephen P. Schwartz

A short heritage of Analytic Philosophy: From Russell to Rawls offers a accomplished review of the old improvement of all significant elements of analytic philosophy, the dominant Anglo-American philosophical culture within the 20th century. 

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

 

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So any philosopher who denies or doubts or questions those facts of common sense must be in the grip of a delusion - he is deluded, or perhaps we should say "enchanted," by his apparently clever arguments. In any case, according to Moore, even if we are not at present able to dissect them, those sophisticated philosophers' arguments that deny or question the facts of common sense cannot be correct. 13 Moore is also well known for his work in ethics and in particular for his discussion of the so called naturalistic fallacy.

Russell's parents were scandalously liberal for the era, supporting birth control and women's rights. Russell's father was an open atheist and had appointed two ''free thinkers," as Russell describes them, to be the guardians of him and his brother. The court overturned his father's will and Russell was brought up almost entirely by his puritanical grandmother at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park, London. Although quite different from his parents and other ancestors, Rus­ sell's grandmother had a lasting impact if not on his views, at least on his courage to defend his views, which were often at odds with most of society.

Russell published many dozens of books and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Some of the titles of his books indicate his ideas: Why I am not a Christian (1927); Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare (1959); Has Man a Future (1961); War Crimes in Vietnam (1967). Russell was an avid letter writer and wrote over 30,000 letters in his lifetime. I recall, when I was a graduate student at Cornell University, a friend and fellow graduate student wrote to Russell asking a technical question about his early philosophy.

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