From the end of the Enlightenment to the middle of the twentieth century philosophy took fascinating and controversial paths whose relevance to contemporary post-modernist thought is becoming ever clearer. This volume traces the English-language side of the period, while also taking into account those continental thinkers who deeply influenced twentieth-century, English-language philosophy. The story begins with Reid, Coleridge, and Bentham--who set the agenda for much that followed--and continues with a portrait of the nineteenth century's greatest British philosopher, John Stuart Mill. It then surveys the cross-currents of thought at the end of the century, including American pragmatism, a movement never more influential than now. Finally it assesses two phases of what Skorupski calls "analytic modernism"--the revolution against idealism of Moore and Russell, and the Viennese sequel whose project was to show that philosophy consists of pseudo-problems.
'John Skorupski has tackled the challenges imposed by his brief with remarkable success, giving us a cogently devised and vividly presented history of the emergence of analytical modernism from the post-Kantian philosophical world.'
Times Literary Supplement
'libraries serving philosophy departments will undoubtedly want this entire Oxford series in their holdings, if only for the sake of completeness'
R.H. Nash, Reformed Theological Seminary, Choice, Jan'94