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'Analytic philosophy: The history of an illusion'. Aaron Preston. Continuum. 2007

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  • D. Hutto
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-191
JournalPhilosophical Investigations
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Analytic philosophy, some proclaim, is dead or in crisis. It should be so lucky. Its status may be, in fact, much more ephemeral. In this readable and accessible monograph, Preston makes out an interesting and engaging case for the claim that analytic philosophy has never really existed at all. At first blush this news is a bit hard to swallow. After all there seem to be many, many existing practitioners in our discipline that regard themselves as analytic philosophers and these adherents clearly exert a powerful influence on professional philosophy in Anglophone countries (and this influence is felt elsewhere too, even if only negatively). So, it certainly looks as if there is such a thing as analytic philosophy, whatever its state of health.


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