Two Conceptions of Philosophy

P. F. Strawson

in Philosophical Writings

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728747 | DOI:
Two Conceptions of Philosophy

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This chapter begins by providing a bare outline or sketch of a conception of a strictly scientific philosophy — an outline which conveys little sense of the mastery with which, by Quine, the programme has been carried out. It then presents, by way of contrast, an alternative conception of philosophical aims; and illustrates, by way of a case already alluded to, how this alternative conception allows for a more liberal ontology than that of the critical, scientific philosopher. Each conception has its own worth and its own appeal; and the choice between them is, ultimately, perhaps, a matter of individual temperament.

Keywords: Quine; scientific philosophy; liberal ontology; alternative conception

Chapter.  4963 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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