From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis by Frank JacksonFrom Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis by Frank Jackson

From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis

byFrank Jackson

Paperback | March 1, 2000

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Frank Jackson champions the cause of conceptual analysis as a basic method of philosophical inquiry. In recent years conceptual analysis has been undervalued and, Jackson suggests, widely misunderstood; he argues that there is nothing especially mysterious about it and a whole range ofimportant questions cannot be productively addressed without it. He anchors his argument in discussion of specific philosophical issues, starting with the metaphysical doctrine of physicalism and moving on, via free will, meaning, personal identity, motion and change, to the philosophy of colour andto ethics. The significance of different kinds of supervenience theses, Kripke and Putnam's work in the philosophy of modality and language, and the role of intuitions about possible cases receive detailed attention. Jackson concludes with a defence of a version of analytical descriptivism inethics. In this way the book not only offers a methodological programme for philosophy, but also throws fascinating new light on some much-debated problems and their interrelations.
Frank Jackson is at Australian National University.
Title:From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual AnalysisFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Serious metaphysics and supervenience; 2. The role of conceptual analysis; 3. Conceptual analysis and metaphysical necessity; 4. The primary quality view of colour; 5. The location problem for ethics: moral properties and moral content; 6. Analytical descriptivism; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

`In the present climate, any serious work on philosophical methodology is of real interest; when the work is by a philosopher as clear and original as Frank Jackson, it is mandatory reading.'Philosophical Review