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The Tribulations of Professional Philosophy, 1962–1999

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/10.1093/0199260168.003.0014
 The Tribulations of Professional Philosophy, 1962–1999

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At the end of the twentieth century, professional philosophy fragmented and lost its hold on the educated public in the US. Analytic philosophy split into many competing groups, while a group of ‘pluralists’ denounced analytic philosophy itself, and many thinkers outside the discipline of philosophy proclaimed themselves as philosophical theorists. In this climate, two thinkers were universally regarded as important, Thomas Kuhn and Richard Rorty.

Keywords: professional philosophy; analytic philosophy; Thomas Kuhn; pluralism; recent philosophy; Richard Rorty

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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