Philosophy in the Twentieth Century (Counterpoint)

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With the clarity and economy that have come to typify the work of one of the most eminent philosophers alive today, this new book has been conceived as a sequel to Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy. Rather than pay token attention to a host of philosophers who have made some contribution to their subject. Ayer deals in depth with the work of a relatively small number of outstanding individuals. The greater part of the book is devoted to representatives of two major schools: the American pragmatists, ranging from James and Lewis to Goodman and Quine: and the analytic movement, which includes, as well as Russell himself, philosophers as diverse as Moore, Wittgenstein, Carnap, Ryle and, more recently, Strawson and Dummett. Ayer also discusses phenomenology and existentialism, in particular the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and he examines speculative philosophy via the metaphysics of R. G. Collingwood. A major theme throughout the book is the notion of a definite progress within the subject which, unlike the natural sciences, cannot be measured in a linear way but should be seen as the evolution of debate around a series of perennial problems to a point where 'the study of evidence' has become the cardinal feature of modem philosophy.

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