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Philosophical Method: A Very Short Introduction

Timothy Williamson

August 2020

ISBN: 9780198810001

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Is philosophy a unique discipline, or are its methods more like those of other sciences than many philosophers think? Timothy Williamson explains clearly and concisely how contemporary philosophers think and work, and reflects on their powers and limitations.

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Is philosophy a unique discipline, or are its methods more like those of other sciences than many philosophers think? Timothy Williamson explains clearly and concisely how contemporary philosophers think and work, and reflects on their powers and limitations.

  • Assuming no previous knowledge of philosophy, this is a highly accesible account of how modern philosophers think and work
  • Presents a distinctive view of philosophy, arguing that it is far more scientific than many philosophers think
  • Includes a wealth of examples from history charting the successes and failures of philosophical thinking
  • Offers a timely and much needed intervention in the current hot debate on philosophical methodology
  • Written by one of Britain's leading philosophers
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold wordlwide
  • Previously published in hardback as Doing Philosophy

About the Author(s)

Timothy Williamson, University of Oxford

Timothy Williamson is the Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford, and A. Whitney Griswold Visiting Professor at Yale University. Previously he was the Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh University. He has published books and articles on many branches of philosophy, some of which have been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Serbian, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, and other languages. He frequently writes on philosophy in the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times blog The Stone, and newspapers in various countries.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1: Introduction
    2: Starting from common sense
    3: Disputing
    4: Clarifying terms
    5: Doing thought experiments
    6: Comparing theories
    7: Deducing
    8: Using the history of philosophy
    9: Using other fields
    10: Model-building
    11: Conclusion: the future of philosophy
    References and Further Reading