By Aaron Preston
A singular, severe account of the origins and improvement of the dominant college of philosophy within the English-speaking global.
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Concerning these sorts of advances, three points should be noted. First, it is not certain that these actually count as advances, for there is little in the philosophies of language and logic that is not open to debate. Second, even if they do count as genuine advances, the applicability of these insights to real-world concerns has yet to be demonstrated. And third, again assuming they are sure insights, achieving them has taken so much time and effort that other very significant areas of philosophical inquiry went neglected by the philosophical mainstream for much of the twentieth century.
In the nominative sense, ‘analytic philosophy’ tends to be used in a way that is highly consistent with the TC. As we shall see, this has been constant from the moment the nominative sense of ‘analytic philosophy’ was added to the philosophical lexicon. For now, though, we will focus 2. A Crisis within the Crisis 35 only on its use in the fifth phase of AP, the era of eclecticism. From the 1960s onward, excepting cases in which the TC is being called into question (as in much of the recent historical work on AP), talk of AP has tended to keep close to the historical, geographical, extensional and intensional boundaries it prescribes.
Sluga intended his book to counteract Dummett’s influential reading of Frege, which Sluga justifiably saw as insufficiently sensitive to historical issues. Despite their disagreements about the proper interpretation of Frege’s philosophy, they both agreed, at least early on, about the nature of AP and Frege’s status as founder. Dummett has expressed his views on these matters in several highly similar ways, but never the same way twice; for instance: 1. ’ (1978: 458) 2. ’ (1993: 4f) 2. A Crisis within the Crisis 39 3.