English Philosophy since 1900

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Chapter VIII
A QUALIFICATION

AT this point one ought, I believe, to be beginning to feel that Wittgenstein's (and Ryle's) account of philosophical problems requires, in a certain respect, to be reconsidered. Wittgenstein at least appears to have intended his general remarks about philosophical problems to apply to all such problems; his words at any rate convey the impression that a certain generality and exhaustiveness are claimed. This perhaps ought not to be taken too seriously. He was, as we have said, not greatly interested in the history of philosophy, and probably would not have wished deliberately to assert that what every philosopher, historically accepted as such, had actually done was what he described `philosophers' as doing. Nevertheless, the impression of exhaustiveness should not be allowed to stand, if one believes that it would be substantially mistaken.

My aim at present is a limited one. In a later chapter I shall have to describe certain kinds of inquiry which by any reasonable test should be accepted as philosophical, but which are very different indeed from any that Wittgenstein envisaged. At the moment I wish only to do something less than this. I wish to raise the question whether philosophical problems, which certainly are of the sort that he had in view, do all arise in the way that he suggested. Let us, that is, suppose for the moment at least that in every

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English Philosophy since 1900
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Note to Third Impression x
  • Chapter I - The Point of Departure 1
  • Chapter II - G. E. Moore 12
  • Chapter III - Bertrand Russell 30
  • Chapter IV - Logical Positivism 43
  • Chapter V - First Retrospect 52
  • Chapter VI - Wittgenstein 62
  • Chapter VII - Categories and Dilemmas 94
  • Chapter VIII - A Qualification 107
  • Chapter IX - Second Retrospect 116
  • Chapter X - Logic 124
  • Chapter XI - Metaphysics 136
  • Chapter XII - New Questions 146
  • Chapter XIII - Philosophy and Belief 160
  • Short Bibliography 174
  • Index 179
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