Dummett and the origins of analytical philosophy

Duke, George 2009, Dummett and the origins of analytical philosophy, The review of metaphysics, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 329-347.

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Title Dummett and the origins of analytical philosophy
Author(s) Duke, George
Journal name The review of metaphysics
Volume number 63
Issue number 2
Start page 329
End page 347
Total pages 19
Publisher Philosophy Education Society, Inc.
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 0034-6632
2154-1302
Summary Michael Dummett has argued that the linguistic turn, initiated by Frege, is the decisive moment in the birth of the analytical tradition and what distinguishes that tradition from other movements. The thesis of the paper is that Dummett’s account of the origins of the analytical tradition understates the extent to which Frege’s work, and the linguistic turn more generally, are responses to antinomies in the modern philosophical project. An adequate characterisation of the origins of the analytic tradition presupposes an account of the fundamental conceptual shift that occurred during the time of the scientific revolution and the epistemological problems that arose in conjunction with this shift. This is why it is misleading to assert, with Dummett, that the really interesting developments in terms of understanding the analytical tradition are subsequent to Frege. The most productive contrast in terms of understanding the origins of the analytical tradition is not between pre and post Fregean thought, the paper argues, but between modern and premodern conceptions of philosophy and its relation to the world of everyday experience.
Language eng
Field of Research 220210 History of Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, by The Review of Metaphysics.
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