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Harvard and Oxford, 1946–1975

Bruce Kuklick

in A History of Philosophy in America

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199260164
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199260168.003.0013
 Harvard and Oxford, 1946–1975

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From the end of World War II until the 1970s, professional philosophy was dominated by a form of speculation called ‘analytic philosophy’. This school of thought brought together the philosophical analysis dominant in England and certain aspects of the pragmatism institutionalized at Harvard. Harvard and Oxford University became the dominant, interacting centres of English‐speaking philosophy, and a unique form of analytic philosophy, pragmatic analysis, evolved at Harvard, focusing on the work of Nelson Goodman and Willard Quine.

Keywords: analytic philosophy; Nelson Goodman; Harvard; Oxford philosophy; Oxford University; philosophical analysis; pragmatic analysis; professional philosophy; Willard Quine

Chapter.  7044 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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