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British Analytic Philosophy in the Twentieth Century Britishness, Logic and Liberty by Thomas L. Akehurst

British Analytic Philosophy in the Twentieth Century Britishness, Logic and Liberty

Part of the Continuum Studies in British Philosophy Series


British Analytic Philosophy in the Twentieth Century Britishness, Logic and Liberty by Thomas L. Akehurst

British Analytic Philosophy in the Twentieth Century examines three generations of analytic philosophers, who between them founded the modern discipline of analytic philosophy in Britain. The book explores how philosophers such as Bertrand Russell, A.J. Ayer, Gilbert Ryle and Isaiah Berlin believed in a link between German aggression in the twentieth century and the nineteenth-century philosophy of Hegel and Nietzsche. Thomas L. Akehurst thus identifies in this political critique of continental philosophy the origins of the hugely significant faultline between analytic and continental thought, an aspect of twentieth-century philosophy that is still poorly understood. The book also uncovers a tripartite alliance in British analytic philosophy, between nation, political virtue and philosophical method. In revealing this structure behind the assumptions of certain analytical thinkers, Akehurst challenges the conventional wisdom that sees analytic philosophy as a semi-detached narrowly academic pursuit. On the contrary, this important book suggests that the analytic philosophers were espousing a national philosophy, one they believed operated in harmony with British thinking and the British values of liberty and tolerance.


'Akehurst's Cultural Politics offers a skilfully constructed, illuminating and much needed historical study of the attitudes of British analytic philosophers towards the styles of thought associated with their 'continental'

.'--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Thomas L. Akehurst teaches history and politics at the University of Sussex, UK and The Open University, UK.

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Publication date

25th February 2010


Thomas L. Akehurst

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


220 pages




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