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A singular, severe account of the origins and improvement of the dominant institution of philosophy within the English-speaking global.
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Again, the rule is observed in the breach. Also in 1997, Sluga provided a similar characterization without any idiosyncrasies: Following common practice, I take analytic philosophy here as originating in the work of Frege, Russell, Moore, and Wittgenstein, as encompassing the logical empiricism of the Vienna Circle, English ordinary language philosophy of the post-war period, American mainstream philosophy of recent decades, as well as their worldwide affiliates and descendants. (17 n, my emphasis) Unlike Corrado and Follesdal, Sluga does not deviate at all from the TC.
For instance, in 1996, Bernard Williams foreshadowed Leiter’s current views about the collapse of the analytic/ Continental distinction and with it the identity of AP, saying, ‘philosophy in the United States, in other English-speaking parts of the world, and in many other countries as well, is now very largely the same. In these places there is now one philosophical culture . ’ (25). This is an extreme example of a trend whose beginnings can be detected at least twenty years earlier. Beginning as early as the 1970s, commentators became increasingly circumspect in their characterizations of AP – a sign that the puzzle/crisis was coming to light even then.
Despite its simplicity, his characterization is meaningful; and it is meaningful not only in the literal sense of conveying a thought, but also in the sense that it is consistent with and gives insight into the ordinary use of ‘analytic philosophy’. 42 Analytic Philosophy The Fall of the Traditional Conception The existence of the TC enables historical research to begin by orienting it toward the correct subject.