A Hundred Years of English Philosophy by Nikolay Milkov (auth.) PDF

By Nikolay Milkov (auth.)

ISBN-10: 9048163455

ISBN-13: 9789048163458

ISBN-10: 9401701776

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This e-book is a historic research of the top philosophical stream in England within the 20th century. In seven chapters, the highbrow improvement of the main favourite representatives of analytic philosophy-Moore, Russell and Wittgenstein in Cambridge, and Ryle, Austin, Strawson and Dummett in Oxford-is traced. The e-book doesn't objective, despite the fact that, at offering a narrative. this suggests, exceptionally, that generalisations and conclusions are lowered to a minimum-an strategy followed in an endeavour to stay clear of the chance of subjectivism that examining the philosophers below scrutiny could impose. My desire is that through following this aproach, my inves­ tigation will stimulate readers to make their very own generalisations and conclusions at the foundation of the objectively offered information. as an alternative, my target is to articulate a wonderful, entire description of the phil­ osophical texts of the seven most vital analytic philosophers in England within the 20th century. For this function, all their articles and books were sifted via as a way to choose the main consultant components. For noticeable purposes, merely the chapters on Russell and Wittgenstein, and-to a lesser extent-the bankruptcy on Moore, are extra theoretical.

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184). 16 The advantages of the principle of organic unity are purely technical. The point is that nothing can replace its power as a means for making conceptual discriminations in ethics. The reason for this is that all kinds of good are better explained as 'highly complex organic unities' (p. 189). 17 Failing to notice this, philosophers seem usually to have sought only for the best of single things; neglecting the fact that a whole composed of two great goods, even though one of these be obviously inferior to the other, may yet be often seen to be decidedly superior to either by itself.

It is as with a sum in mathematics. (p. 145) The only difference between ethics and mathematics in this respect is that, because of the complexity of ethics, it is much more difficult to arrive at an agreement on who has made a mistake. Another conclusion, closely related to the former one, is expressed in Moore's statement from the very beginning of Principia Ethica: It appears to me that in Ethics, as in all other philosophical studies, the difficulties and disagreements, of which its history is full, are mainly due to a very simple cause: namely to the attempt to answer questions, without first discovering precisely what question it is which you desire to answer.

22 CAMBRIDGE ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY (D) MOORE'S LOGICAL ATOMISM. -He assumes, frrst, that '[t]here exist[s] a world of individual things (tables and chairs, minds and their contents, for example)'. In addition, 'Moore recognises a second, radically different order of being' of concepts or universal meaning (Regan 1991, p. xxxi). In 'The Nature of Judgement' (1899c) the atomism of things and concepts was replaced by the atomism of concepts only: A proposition is composed not of words, nor yet of thoughts, but of concepts.

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