The Philosophers' Magazine (26):41-42 (2004)

Mark T. Nelson
Westmont College
Analytic philosophers often claim that the giving and criticizing of deductive arguments is the main or only business of philosophy. I argue that this is mistaken and show analytic philosophers also use formal schemas, distinctions, examples, and analogies so as to make some aspect of reality manifest. That is, some analytic philosophers sometimes simply try to ‘tell it like it is’. This ‘method of descriptive manifestation’ is less commonly recognized than it should be given its divergence from the self-image of analytic philosophy
Keywords analytic philosophy  argumentation  metaphilosophy  descriptive manifestation
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DOI 10.5840/tpm20042681
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