South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (3):167-178 (2008)

Strawson repeatedly wrote about the nature of philosophy. This article responds to three of his discussions. First, in his review of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations Strawson expressed dissatisfaction with Wittgenstein’s philosophy of philosophy. It is argued that Strawson’s response very successfully brings out the arbitrariness of the conception. Second, in his contribution to The Revolution in Philosophy he characterises the task of analysis as he sees it. It is argued that, despite the care of his treatment, many aspects of analysis remain unexplained. Finally, in Individuals , he proposed the descriptive/revisionary distinction within philosophy. It is argued that this brilliant and influential distinction is less helpful than normally thought. What each episode shares, however, are many insights and the power to stimulate thought
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.4314/sajpem.v27i3.31510
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,229
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Construction and Analysis.P. F. Strawson - 1960 - Journal of Symbolic Logic 25 (3):261-262.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

'Persons' and Persons.Paul F. Snowdon - 2009 - Organon F: Medzinárodný Časopis Pre Analytickú Filozofiu 16 (4):449-476.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Strawson’s Agnostic Materialism. [REVIEW]Paul F. Snowdon - 1998 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (2):455-460.
Strawson and Schaumann on the Metaphysics of Transcendental Idealism.Scott Stapleford - 2008 - South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (3):273-279.
Commentary on Strawson's Target Article.H. P. Stapp - 2006 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (10-11):163-169.
Strawson on 'If' and ⊃.Gunnar Björnsson - 2008 - South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (3):24-35.
Strawson on Other Minds.Joel Smith - 2011 - In Joel Smith & Peter Sullivan (eds.), Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism. Oxford University Press.
Rationality and the Reactive Attitudes.Angus Ross - 2008 - European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 4 (1):45-58.
Strawson, Russell, and the King of France.Herbert Hochberg - 1970 - Philosophy of Science 37 (3):363-384.
The Trinitarian Vision of P. F. Strawson.Kenneth W. Rankin - 1976 - Philosophy Research Archives 1164:745-771.


Added to PP index

Total views
47 ( #229,439 of 2,455,435 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,205 of 2,455,435 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes