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Doing Philosophy: From Common Curiosity to Logical Reasoning

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2019.04.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Timothy Williamson, Doing Philosophy: From Common Curiosity to Logical Reasoning, Oxford University Press, 2018, 154pp., $18.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198822516. Reviewed by Graham Priest, CUNY Graduate Center, University of Melbourne People, East and West, have been doing philosophy for some two and a half millennia now; but how do you do philosophy? The answer is anything but obvious. You do not do experiments and analyse statistical data, as in physics; you do not deduce things from axioms, as in contemporary mathematics; you do not go and study archival material, as in history; you do not go on field expeditions, as in anthropology. Moreover, other disciplines tend to be very self-conscious about their methodologies: one will often find courses on methodology in the relevant university departments. Philosophy does no such thing. ('Why?' is itself an interesting question.) So how do you do philosophy. In the present... Read More

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