English Philosophy since 1900

English Philosophy since 1900

English Philosophy since 1900

English Philosophy since 1900

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This book does not seek to make a contribution to philosophy. It is concerned with the contributions of others. Furthermore, since it deals with the present and the recent past, it can hardly aspire to the dignity of history.

It is certainly not a history of philosophy in general in this century, being confined almost entirely to the evolution of philosophy in this country. This restriction of scope, which it would have been tedious constantly to re-emphasize, should be kept carefully in mind. However, it appears to me to need no apology. For most philosophy written in English has been, for better or worse, and I shall not here say which, something vastly unlike most philosophy in other languages. This is not, as it is sometimes thought to be, a modern phenomenon. It has been broadly true for at least a century and a half, perhaps much longer. I do not know why. But the fact, whatever the explanation of it may be, makes it impossible to include both English and other philosophy within the compass of a book of this size, and would make it difficult to include both coherently in even a much longer account.

Another and more regrettable limitation consists in the fact that I have dealt with the work of rather few philosophers, to the total neglect of very much good work produced by very many others. I have done this for two reasons. In the first place, a commentary of . . .

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