The Historical Turn in Analytic Philosophy

Hardcover | March 29, 2013

byErich H. Reck

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During the last 25 years, a large number of publications on the history of analytic philosophy have appeared, significantly more than in the preceding period. As most of these works are by analytically trained authors, it is tempting to speak of a 'historical turn' in analytic philosophy. The present volume constitutes both a contribution to this body of work and a reflection on what is, or might be, achieved in it. The twelve new essays, by an international group of contributors, range from case studies on individual philosophers (Russell, Carnap, Quine, and Ryle) through discussions of broader themes in the history of analytic philosophy (in logic and philosophy of language, philosophy of mathematics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and psychology) to related methodological reflections (on the relationship between doing analytic philosophy and studying the history of philosophy, on various forms of philosophical history, and on their respective benefits).

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During the last 25 years, a large number of publications on the history of analytic philosophy have appeared, significantly more than in the preceding period. As most of these works are by analytically trained authors, it is tempting to speak of a 'historical turn' in analytic philosophy. The present volume constitutes both a contribut...

Erich H. Reck is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, USA. His main research interests lie in the history of analytic philosophy and the philosophy of logic, mathematics, and science. He is the editor, or co-editor, of From Frege toWittgenstein: Perspectives on Early Analytic Philosophy and of Gottlob Fr...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:374 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:March 29, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230201539

ISBN - 13:9780230201538

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Analytic Philosophy and Philosophical History; Erich H. Reck
PART I: CASE STUDIES
1. Philosophy and the Tide of History: Bertrand Russell's Role in the Rise of Analytic Philosophy; Stewart Candlish
2. Taking the Measure of Carnap's Philosophical Engineering: Metalogic as Metrology; Alan Richardson
3. Quine and the Aufbau: The Possibility of Objective Knowledge; Peter Hylton
4. Ryle's Conceptual Cartography; Julia Tanney
PART II: BROADER THEMES
5. Frege, Lotze, and Boole; Jeremy Heis
6. Frege or Dedekind? Towards a Reevalution of Their Legacies; Erich H. Reck
7. Psychology, Epistemology, and the Problem of the External World: Russell and Before; Gary Hatfield
8. C. I. Lewis and the Analyticity Debate; Thomas Baldwin
PART III: METHODOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS
9. Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy: The Development of the Idea of Rational Reconstruction; Michael Beaney
10. History and the Future of Logical Empiricism; A. W. Carus
11. What is the Good of Philosophical History?; Michael Kremer
12. The Owl of Minerva: Is Analytic Philosophy Moribund?; Hans-Johann Glock
Index