This book explains in down-to-earth language what analytical philosophy is, and presupposes no previous knowledge of the subject. Analytical philosophers aim at obtaining insight into the traditional topics of philosophy by logical, conceptual and linguistic analysis. In this book William Charlton answers relativist attacks on this ambition and argues that its methods can still provide fresh insight into the traditional problems of philosophy. Taking such central philosophical problems as meaning, time, causation and thought, the author shows why they are problems for philosophy rather than for any other discipline, and thereby illustrates and supports a new general theory of the nature and scope of philosophical enquiry.
The Analytic Ambition is both an introduction to readers fresh to philosophy and a challenge to professional thinking that has become set in its ways.
What is analytical philosophy?; outline of a theory; meaning; being, existence and truth; time; change and causation; teleology and mental states; moral concepts; conceiving and understanding; consciousness; thought and philosophy.
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 18th July 1991
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.8 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.4