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The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century

Cheryl Misak and Huw Price (eds)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780197266168
eISBN:
9780191865237
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266168.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The pragmatist approach to philosophical problems focuses on the role of disputed notions—for example, truth, value, causation, probability, necessity—in our practices. The insight at the heart of ... More


Could There Be a Science of Rationality?

Donald Davidson

in Problems of Rationality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780198237549
eISBN:
9780191601378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198237545.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Asks whether there could be a science of rationality, and proposes as an answer — Davidson's own Unified Theory of speech and action, drawing heavily on formal decision theories for explaining ... More


The Folly of Trying to Define Truth

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History: Philosophical Essays Volume 5

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198237570
eISBN:
9780191602610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823757X.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay argues that the concept of truth as well as related subjects of philosophical inquiry such as knowledge, belief, intention, and memory cannot be reduced to more elementary concepts, since ... More


Deflationism

Alexis G. Burgess and John P. Burgess

in Truth

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144016
eISBN:
9781400838691
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144016.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on the debate over deflationism versus inflationism regarding the question “What do the different truths about different topics all have in common, to make them all truths?” ... More


Wittgenstein on Identity

Robert J. Fogelin

in Philosophical Interpretations

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195071627
eISBN:
9780199833221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019507162X.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Throughout his career, Wittgenstein harbored distrust for identity statements. In the Tractatus Logico‐Philosophicus, he banned a sign for identity from his system, declaring that “to say of two ... More


Analytical Descriptivism

Frank Jackson

in From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250616
eISBN:
9780191597787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250614.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter gives more detail on how to identify ethical properties with descriptive ones using the roles the former play in folk morality. The construction uses the Lewis–Carnap–Ramsey way of ... More


How to Define Theoretical Terms

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume I

Published in print:
1983
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195032048
eISBN:
9780199833382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195032047.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Lewis defends an account of the role of theoretical terms in scientific theories. Drawing on the work of Ramsey and Carnap, Lewis advocates the view that theoretical terms are implicitly defined by ... More


On Some Post‐1920s Views of Russell on Particularity, Identity, and Individuation

Ruth Barcan Marcus

in Modalities: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195096576
eISBN:
9780199833412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195096576.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Expanding on scholarly work by M. Boudot, this paper indicates (1) what remains constant in the evolution of Russell's ontological views against which his later theories seem to be natural outcomes, ... More


Introduction

Cheryl Misak

in The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780197266168
eISBN:
9780191865237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266168.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter introduces the tradition of pragmatism as it first appeared in America in the mid-1800s, outlines its migration to Britain, and traces the reception of pragmatism in Britain and the ... More


Ramsey’s 1929 Pragmatism

Cheryl Misak

in The Practical Turn: Pragmatism in Britain in the Long Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780197266168
eISBN:
9780191865237
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266168.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter argues, contrary to the received view, that Frank Ramsey was not part of the logical analyst programme of the early Russell and the Tractarian Wittgenstein. He did not identify a primary ... More


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