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By Stephen P. Schwartz

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

  • Features insurance of all of the 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 history fabric to aid clarify technical philosophical concepts
  • Includes listings of prompt extra readings
  • Written in a transparent, direct type that presupposes little prior wisdom of philosophy


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How does one decide if an assertion that contains such a description is true or false? If I assert "The only prime number between 10 and 15 is larger than 2 x 6," is what I've said true, false, or neither? The trouble is we do not know what "the only prime number between 10 and 15" denotes if anything. Does it denote 11, or 13, both, or neither? Our simple theory that handled "the first president of the United States of America" will not handle this example. " How are we to respond if someone said "The president of Canada is a woman"?

Hegel seemed to suggest in his philosophy of history that contemporary Prussia was the culmination of the march of historical change - that there was a destiny to Prussian hegemony. These ideas were perhaps not so baldly stated in Hegel's writings, but his followers saw them there, and this is part of what Hegelianism meant. Later, Hegel was also to be, most unfairly, a source of inspiration to the Nazis as well. Hegel was also a key source of Marx's theories and was closely studied by early com­ munists.

McTaggart, philosophers hardly known or read today (although see mention of McTaggart in the Epilogue). Bradley denied that there are any individual things, and argued that reality consists of a single purely spiritual Absolute. McTaggart's most famous book is titled The Unreality of Time. " [Background 1 . 6 German idealism and Bradley and McTaggart] In many ways, German idealism and its most ardent and well-known proponent G. W. F. Hegel represents an extreme form of metaphysical speculation.

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