Ethical and Religious Thought in Analytic Philosophy of Language

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Ethical and Religious Thought in Analytic Philosophy of Language
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This book is the first to provide a critical history of analytic philosophy from its inception in the late nineteenth century to the present day. Quentin Smith focuses on the connections between the four leading movements in analytic philosophy - logical realism, logical positivism, ordinary language analysis, and linguistic essentialism - and corresponding twentieth-century theories of ethics and of religion. Through a critical evaluation of each school's theoretical positions, Smith counters the widespread view of analytic philosophy as indifferent to important questions about right and wrong and human meaning. He argues that analytic philosophy throughout its history has revolved around the central issues of existence, and he offers a new ethics and philosophy of religion.
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9780300062120
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Hardcover
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April 20, 1998