By Bernhard Weiss
Concerning the Book
Few could contest the truth that analytical philosophy has ruled philosophical perform within the English talking global for roughly the final century. yet dispute maintains approximately either its origins and nature; when others query its price. Michael Dummett absolutely embraced the analytical method of philosophy, as he conceived of it. For him analytical philosophy marked itself off from its precursors and its possible choices, embodied within the Continental culture, by way of taking the linguistic flip. And Frege was once unequivocally the 1st thinker to take that auspicious flip, which ushered in a brand new approach in philosophy. Henceforth philosophers have been to procedure the company of interpreting inspiration through the firm of interpreting language. So Dummett is proposing us with either a historical past lesson and a advice approximately how we should do philosophy. yet is his examining of the background exact? And is his perception of the character of analytical philosophy possible? so that it will give some thought to those questions, this assortment brings jointly daring and deep readings of the subject's background and personality by way of 8 students of Dummett.
About the Author
Bernhard Weiss is Professor of philosophy on the collage of Cape city. he's the writer of figuring out Language (2010) and Michael Dummett (2002); and co-editor of interpreting Brandom with Jeremy Wanderer (2010) and Wittgenstein's Lasting value with Max Kölbel (2004).
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33. ‘Broadly Wittgensteinian’ here is an allusion to such passages as those cited in n. 23. Some care is called for, however. g. Dummett, 1993b, p. 38). In fact, Wittgenstein himself would not endorse this slogan without serious qualification: cf. Wittgenstein (1967), Pt I, §§43 and 139, and Wittgenstein (1974), §29; and see Hacker (1996), pp. 244–9. (Mind you, Dummett would not endorse it either, as anything other than the crudest of guidelines. In Dummett (1978f) he writes, ‘The general thesis that the meaning of an expression is to be identified with its use is not… particularly helpful; until it is specified in what terms the use of the expression is to be described, the thesis is merely programmatic’ (p.
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