Oxford University Press (2011)

This volume presents twenty-two uncollected philosophical essays by Sir Peter Strawson, one of the leading philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century. The essays (two of them previously unpublished) are drawn from seven decades of work, from 1949 to 2003. They span the broad range of Strawson's work: metaphysics, epistemology, philosophical logic, philosophy of language, ethical theory, and history of philosophy, along with metaphilosophical reflections and intellectual autobiography.
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Construction and Analysis

Two methods have been of dominant importance in post-war philosophizing. One involves turning away from the forms of common speech, while preserving much of the apparatus of the original programme of analysis. The other involves continued close attention to the forms of common speech, toge... see more

‘The Post-Linguistic Thaw’1

This chapter explores the linguistic movement, which created an atmosphere of particular and informal clarities that caused genuine bafflement and uneasiness in many whose conception of philosophy was more elevated than definite. What was clear seemed obscure to those whose unconscious dem... see more

Two Conceptions of Philosophy

This chapter begins by providing a bare outline or sketch of a conception of a strictly scientific philosophy — an outline which conveys little sense of the mastery with which, by Quine, the programme has been carried out. It then presents, by way of contrast, an alternative conception of ... see more

What Have We Learned from Philosophy in the Twentieth Century?

This chapter discusses some lessons learned from philosophy in the 20th century. One of these is that the fundamental bearers of the properties of truth or falsity, the fundamental subjects of the predicates ‘true’ or ‘false’, are not linguistic items, neither sentences nor utterances of s... see more

Why Philosophy?

This chapter explores possible responses to the question ‘Why Philosophy?’ The query is worth considering because of two other questions which are sometimes posed. The first is blunt enough: ‘What's the use of it?’ The second is, or seems, a bit more sophisticated: viz. ‘Why is it that, un... see more

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