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What Do Philosophers Do? Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy

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2017.12.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Penelope Maddy, What Do Philosophers Do? Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 264 pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190618698. Reviewed by Alexander Jackson, Boise State University Penelope Maddy's book inaugurates OUP's publication of the annual Romanell Lectures, aimed at a general readership. Maddy takes on the problem of external world skepticism. The book is called "What Do Philosophers Do?" and Maddy aims to show a general audience how philosophy should be done. She mixes ordinary language philosophy, historical considerations, and scientifically informed common sense. Austin and the later Wittgenstein are the book's philosophical heroes. It's striking how different Maddy's 'therapeutic' philosophizing is from the contemporary analytic approach. Contemporary analytic philosophers evaluate arguments for and against their views and the main alternatives, in conversation. . .

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