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The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy

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During the course of the twentieth century, analytic philosophy developed into the dominant philosophical tradition in the English-speaking world. In the last two decades, it has become increasingly influential in the rest of the world, from continental Europe to Latin America and Asia. At the same time there has been deepening interest in the origins and history of analytic philosophy, as analytic philosophers examine the foundations of their tradition and question many of the assumptions of their predecessors. This has led to greater historical self-consciousness among analytic philosophers and more scholarly work on the historical contexts in which analytic philosophy developed. This historical turn in analytic philosophy has been gathering pace since the 1990s, and the present volume is the most comprehensive collection of essays to date on the history of analytic philosophy. It contains state-of-the-art contributions from many of the leading scholars in the field, all of the contributions specially commissioned. The introductory essays discuss the nature and historiography of analytic philosophy, accompanied by a detailed chronology and bibliography. Part One elucidates the origins of analytic philosophy, with special emphasis on the work of Frege, Russell, Moore, and Wittgenstein. Part Two explains the development of analytic philosophy, from Oxford realism and logical positivism to the most recent work in analytic philosophy, and includes essays on ethics, aesthetics, and political philosophy as well as on the areas usually seen as central to analytic philosophy, such as philosophy of language and mind. Part Three explores certain key themes in the history of analytic philosophy.

Author: Beaney M
Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pages: 1161
ISBN: 9780198747994
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2015

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-Nurnberg 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.

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