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Philosophy and Analysis

Colin McGinn

in Truth by Analysis

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199856145
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919567 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856145.003.0001
Philosophy and Analysis

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The main thesis of this book is that philosophy is the a priori search for essences, undertaken in a spirit of play. The first part of the thesis will have a familiar ring, but the second part will doubtless strike a discordant note. This chapter focuses on the first part of the thesis: the contention that the goal of philosophical activity is to discover the essences of things by means of a priori investigation. It further contends that the proper method for uncovering the essence of things is precisely conceptual analysis. Analysis is the method, and analyses are the results.

Keywords: philosophical activity; essences; conceptual analysis; a priori investigation; analysis

Chapter.  5595 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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