By Aaron Preston
A unique, serious account of the origins and improvement of the dominant college of philosophy within the English-speaking international.
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Still, only the most partisan will refuse to admit that much has gone wrong with academic philosophy over the last hundred years. 7f, above). The designation ‘analytic’ would then be little more than a label of arbitrary approval to be worn and bestowed by those with academic power and prestige. In that case, the professional entrenchment of AP would have to be seen as a case of hegemony in the worst sense, generating and sustaining an unjust professional situation in which people are hired or not, tenured or not, promoted or not, on the basis of prejudice rather than principle.
However, estrangement from ordinary human concerns was just as much a problem for some in the ordinary-language camp, and it remains a problem even for the many contemporary analysts who rely more on natural language than formal technique. For instance, the tendency to reject ‘folk psychology’ in analytic philosophy of mind from Ryle and Wittgenstein through the Churchlands creates a similar estrangement without the use of formal techniques. In short, the insistence on formalization is only one of several methodological and substantive strictures that, endorsed by the analysts, have led to unfortunate discontinuities between academic philosophy and ordinary human life – and that is the problem.
To refer to any philosophy which places its greatest emphasis upon the study of language and its complexities’ (2). From here, he segues into the remainder of the characterization as discussed above. Clearly, then, Ammerman is aware of the possibility of oversimplification and is convinced that he has avoided it. Likewise with Wietz and Gross (and surely with all competent scholars who offer generalizations or simplified characterizations). Each sees himself as portraying AP accurately, despite the fact that differences among the analysts are not given detailed attention.