Scott Soames: The analytic tradition in philosophy, volume 1: Founding giants

Philosophical Studies 172 (6):1671-1680 (2015)

Charles R. Pigden
University of Otago
The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy is an excellent successor to an excellent book : It is a fine an example of the necromantic style in the history of philosophy where the object of the exercise is to resurrect the mighty dead in order to get into an argument with them, either because we think them importantly right or instructively wrong. However what was a pardonable a simplification and a reasonable omission in the earlier book has now metamorphosed into a sin of omission and an oversimplification in its successor—the book lacks is an adequate discussion of the Ramified Theory of Types and Russell’s reasons for adopting it. I conclude with a brief meditation on Open Question Arguments and the threats that they pose to some of the analyses proposed by Russell and Moore themselves
Keywords Necromantic history  Ramified Theory of Types
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-015-0485-2
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