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Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Beaney

November 2017

ISBN: 9780198778028

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Michael Beaney introduces analytic philosophy by exploring some of the key ideas of Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Susan Stebbing. He also considers how analytic philosophy has developed and spread to become the dominant philosophical tradition across the world.

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Michael Beaney introduces analytic philosophy by exploring some of the key ideas of Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Susan Stebbing. He also considers how analytic philosophy has developed and spread to become the dominant philosophical tradition across the world.

  • Offers a clear, accessible introduction to analytic philosophy, introducing some of the key ideas of five of its main founders
  • Illustrates the fruitfulness and conceptual creativity of analytic philosophy
  • Explores the spread of analytic philosophy to become the dominant philosophical tradition across the world
  • Discusses the criticisms of analytic philosophy
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Michael Beaney, Professor of History of Analytic Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Professor of Philosophy, King's College London

Michael Beaney is Professor of History of Analytic Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and Professor of Philosophy at King's College London. Educated at Oxford, where he did his doctorate, he has also taught at Birkbeck College London and the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, and York, as well as at the Open University. He has held Alexander von Humboldt Fellowships at the Universities of Erlangen-Nürnberg and Jena in Germany, and has been Visiting Professor at Peking University and Beijing Normal University in China. He is the author of Frege: Making Sense (1996) and Imagination and Creativity (2005); and editor of The Frege Reader (1997), Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers (with Erich Reck; 4 vols., 2005), The Analytic Turn (2007), and The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy (2013). He is also editor of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1: How many things are there?
    2: How can we speak of what does not exist?
    3: Do you know what I mean?
    4: Are there limits to what we can say and think?
    5: How can we think more clearly?
    6: So what is analytic philosophy?
    References
    Further Reading
    Glossary
    Index

Reviews

"A concise, delightfully accessible, and intellectually stimulating introduction to philosophy in the analytic tradition, especially its formative phase." - Erich Reck, Professor, University of California at Riverside

"What a great 'thought-thinking trip'. Beaney gives us a concise, excellent introduction to analytic philosophy, one that takes on the vexed question of saying what analytic philosophy is, and delivers a fine, historically tethered, answer." - Professor Cheryl Misak, University of Toronto