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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Reprint edition (12 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405133465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405133463
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 3.8 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"This is an excellent resource for courses in analytic philosophy as well as for readers who want an overview of twentieth–century Anglo–American philosophy. Few books introduce readers to the entire field, and none do so as thoroughly and effectively as this one."
Daniel Bonevac, University of Texas at Austin <!––end––>

As the twentieth century has come to an end, a book that does the service of summarizing the views of major philosophers in the analytic tradition is greatly needed. This book gives a comprehensive coverage of all major analytic philosophers and reflects a joint effort by distinguished philosophers in the field. It will thus stand out as the standard text on analytic philosophy.
JeeLoo Liu, State University of New York at Geneseo

"This attractive volume is a superb resource for anyone interested in analytic philosophy and is a worthy addition to the excellent "Blackwell Companions to Philosophy" series."
D. Haugen, Choice, January 2002

"The essays are of a uniformly high quality, some even gems of exposition, and of a uniform style, sticking to discussion of issues and views at a common level of detail..."
Journal of the History of Philosophy 2003

"This attractive volume is a superb resource for anyone interested in analytic philosophy."

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A Companion to Analytic Philosophy is a comprehensive guide to over forty of the significant analytic philosophers from the last hundred years.

The entries in this Companion are contributed by contemporary philosophers, including some of the most distinguished now living, such as Michael Dummett, Frank Jackson, P.M.S. Hacker, Israel Scheffler, John Searle, Ernest Sosa, and Robert Stalnaker. They discuss the arguments of influential figures in the history of analytic philosophy, among them Frege, Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, and Quine. The articles on each philosopher provide clear and extensive analysis of profound and widely encountered concepts such as meaning, truth, knowledge, goodness, and the mind.

This volume is a vital resource for anyone interested in analytic philosophy.

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By Neutral VINE VOICE on 6 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
This Companion to Analytical Philosophy includes almost forty of the best known names in the field but excludes many others including Paul Feyerabend, J L Mackie, Margaret Wilson and Moritz Schlick. Only two of the philosophers studied are females, Philippa Foot and Ruth Barcan Marcus. While critics from within analytical philosophy are included, no one from outside the tradition is referred to. While this is understandable in terms of maintaining an internal coherance of content there is a strong case for the inclusion of criticis such as Karl Popper in order to set analytical philosophy in its wider philosophical context. This would have been useful particularly in view of the misleading tenets of logical atomism, logical positivism and the long period during which it rejected metaphysics.

Although analytical philosophy is often contrasted with Continental philosophy it was a German, Gottlob Frege, whose explorations of the foundations of mathematics and logic, who provided new standards of rigour which others, Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein in particular, sought to apply to the realm of ideas. Rejecting the philosophy of Idealism expounded by T H Green and F H Bradley amonst others, G E Moore and Russell adopted the practice of physics by reducing complex concepts to simple ones. Russell called this "logical atomism" but was ultimately obliged to concede that absolute certainty of knowledge could not be identified using this method. Russell suggested that clarity and precision of language were important factors in the acquisition of knowledge.

This idea was pursued by the Vienna Circle, established in 1924 by Moritz Schlick. They argued that science was a unity and their objective was to reduce non-scientific language to scientific language.
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Pay Dirt for Advanced Undergrads and Grads 21 Sept. 2011
By cvairag - Published on Amazon.com
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In my opinion, the magisterial Blackwell Companion Series is somewhat uneven. When one thinks about the vast nature of the project, such a situation would necessarily ensue. Fortunately, the mostly good and somewhat bad trivialize the downright ugly. That being said, if you're seriously studying philosophy in the contemporary world, this volume should be on your shelf. Along with The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (the best in hard copy), and the SEP website - you've got it all. The BCTAP is simply the most comprehensive diachronic overview of contemporary philosophy out there. While I loathe Martinich's book on Writing Philosophy Papers, this effort could hardly be better, and is useful enough to merit the description: "historic", esp. for those who HAVE to know ASAP !!!!! - for class, that is.
Excellent Resource 22 Feb. 2014
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This book is quite a bit slimmer than other Blackwell volumes and is organized by notable analytic philosophers (by age) rather than topically. The entries and contributors are as follows:

1. Gottlob Frege by Michael Dummett
2. Bertrand Russell by Thomas Baldwin
3. G. E. Moore by Ernest Sosa
4. C. D. Broad by James Van Cleve
5. Ludwig Wittgenstein by P. M. S. Hacker
6. Rudolf Carnap by Sahorta Sarkar
7. Karl Popper by W. H. Newton-Smith
8. Gilbert Ryle by Avrum Stroll
9. Alfred Tarski, Alonzo Church, and Kurt Gödel by C. Anthony Anderson
10. Frank P. Ramsey by Brad Armendt
11. Carl G. Hempel by Philip Kitcher
12. Nelson Goodman by Israel Scheffler
13. H. L. A. Hart by Scott Shapiro
14. Charles Stevenson by James Dreier
15. W. V. Quine by Peter Hylton
16. A. J. Ayer by T. L. S. Sprigge
17. J. L. Austin by John R. Searle
18. Norman Malcolm by Carl Ginet
19. Wilfrid Sellars by Jay F. Rosenberg
20. H. P. Grice by Stephen Neale
21. G. H. von Wright by Frederick Stoutland
22. Roderick Chisholm by Richard Foley and Dean Zimmerman
23. Donald Davidson by Ernest Lepore
24. G. E. M. Anscombe by Anselm Müller
25. R. M. Hare by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
26. P. F. Strawson by P. F. Snowdon
27. Philippa Foot by Gavin Lawrence
28. Ruth Barcan Marcus by Max Cresswell
29. John Rawls by Norman Daniels
30. Thomas S. Kuhn by Richard Grandy
31. Michael Dummett by Alexander Miller
32. Hilary Putnam by John Heil
33. David M. Armstrong by Frank Jackson
34. Noam Chomsky by Peter Ludlow
35. Richard Rorty by Michael Williams
36. John R. Searle by A. P. Martinich
37. Jerry Fodor by Georges Rey
38. Saul Kripke by David Sosa
39. David Lewis by Robert Stalnaker

Given the organizational style, I consider this to be a rather solid execution. I disagree with some of the choices and opinions advanced, but that's to be expected, and there is much more to like than to dislike. This volume should prove helpful to undergraduates looking to prepare for graduate school or others looking to fill in gaps in their knowledge. One cannot become literate in analytic philosophy by reading a single book, but the breadth of coverage, lucid exposition, and relative authority of this Blackwell Companion make it an excellent resource.
Five Stars 6 Oct. 2014
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