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On the Genealogy of Universals: The Metaphysical Origins of Analytic Philosophy

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2018.11.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Fraser MacBride, On the Genealogy of Universals: The Metaphysical Origins of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2018, 263pp., $67.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198811251. Reviewed by Kevin C. Klement, University of Massachusetts Amherst This book offers a detailed look at the initial development of the debate over the universal/particular distinction in the context of the emergence of analytic philosophy, especially in Britain, in roughly the first three decades of the 20th century. The main figures discussed are G.E. Moore, Bertrand Russell, Alfred North Whitehead, G. F. Stout, F. P. Ramsey and the early Ludwig Wittgenstein. The word "Genealogy" in the title is true to its Nietzschean overtones: the book is in part a historical deconstruction of how the debate came to be framed the way it is. It argues that our contemporary understanding of this history is oversimplified and in need of supplementation by. . .

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