Essays in Conceptual Analysis

Essays in Conceptual Analysis

Essays in Conceptual Analysis

Essays in Conceptual Analysis

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This is by no means the first collection of philosophical reprints in roughly the same genre to have been published in the last few years. Furthermore, the majority of the papers included originally appeared in still recent issues of the least inaccessible philosophical journals. Nevertheless it seems reasonable to hope that there are needs which it may help to fill. The articles included are all sufficiently important to be constantly referred to in discussions and regularly recommended to students. Even when it originally appeared in a journal to which a library subscribes there is still considerable point in having such an article available there in a second place, and in a form convenient for vacation reading. Even where an individual philosopher subscribes to the journal concerned it often happens, human nature and particularly student human nature being what it is, that the issues containing the most important articles have gone missing. Students, too, need to be able to buy and to own their own copies of the papers which are most useful to them. And it is even possible that some who are not either as teachers or as students professionally concerned with philosophy may wish to take a look into the workshop to see the sort of things the philosophers are doing nowadays: though in making this selection no concessions have been made for the sake of popular appeal.

All the subjects treated fall within the field covered by Oxford 'Logic' examination papers: morals, politics, aesthetics, the philosophy of science and of religion have thus been excluded; but within that deliberately restricted field . . .

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