Analytic Philosophy in America and other Historical and Contemporary Essays

2014.12.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott Soames, Analytic Philosophy in America and other Historical and Contemporary Essays, Princeton University Press, 2014,
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2014.12.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott Soames, Analytic Philosophy in America and other Historical and Contemporary Essays, Princeton University Press, 2014, 350pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780691160726. Reviewed by John Skorupski, University of St Andrews The impressively solid and informative essays in this collection fall into three categories: the history of analytic philosophy, language and meaning, and the principles involved in judge-led interpretation of law. Given space limitations and my own competence I shall focus on the first two areas. On language and meaning Soames' main focus is on the ideas of Kripke, and of others after him, about names and natural kind terms. Another concern is with the notion of a proposition, where Soames' take is Russellian rather than Fregean (though he develops a conception of propositions as cognitive acts that differs from Russell's -- see chapter 4, 'For Want of Cognitively Defined Propositions,' and. . .

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