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What is Analytic Philosophy? by Hans-Johann (Universitat Zurich) Glock

What is Analytic Philosophy?

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What is Analytic Philosophy? by Hans-Johann (Universitat Zurich) Glock

Analytic philosophy is roughly a hundred years old, and it is now the dominant force within Western philosophy. Interest in its historical development is increasing, but there has hitherto been no sustained attempt to elucidate what it currently amounts to, and how it differs from so-called 'continental' philosophy. In this rich and wide-ranging book, Hans Johann Glock argues that analytic philosophy is a loose movement held together both by ties of influence and by various 'family resemblances'. He considers the pros and cons of various definitions of analytic philosophy, and tackles the methodological, historiographical and philosophical issues raised by such definitions. Finally, he explores the wider intellectual and cultural implications of the notorious divide between analytic and continental philosophy. His book is an invaluable guide for anyone seeking to understand analytic philosophy and how it is practised.


'There has been a recent spate of books attempting to explain the origins and intrinsic nature of analytic philosophy. Among these, What is Analytic Philosophy? by Hans-Johann Glock is a standout. As a German trained in Britain who is a professor in Zurich, Glock is particularly suited to offer a cosmopolitan assessment of the philosophical scene and especially the purported difference between the analytic and continental flavors. What's more, his book is jam-packed with argument and nuance, perspicuously organized, historically sensitive, and wrapped in a clear, muscular prose ... What is Analytic Philosophy? is even-handed, well-informed and a must-read for anyone interested in this topic.'
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

About the Author

Hans-Johann Glock is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Zurich and Visiting Professor at the University of Reading. His publications include Quine and Davidson on Language, Thought and Reality (2003).

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Publication date

3rd April 2008


Hans-Johann (Universitat Zurich) Glock

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Cambridge University Press


306 pages




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