By Tom Sorell, G. A. J. Rogers
Philosophy written in English is overwhelmingly analytic philosophy, and the ideas and predilections of analytic philosophy will not be in basic terms unhistorical yet anti-historical, and adverse to textual observation. Analytic often aspires to a truly excessive measure of readability and precision of formula and argument, and it usually seeks to learn via, and in step with, present normal technological know-how. In an past period, analytic philosophy aimed toward contract with usual linguistic intuitions or logic ideals, or either. All of those facets of the topic take a seat uneasily with using historic texts for philosophical illumination. during this booklet, ten distinctive philosophers discover the tensions among, and the chances of reconciling, analytic philosophy and heritage of philosophy. members: M. R. Ayers, John Cottingham, Daniel Garber, Gary Hatfield, Anthony Kenny, Steven Nadler, G. A. J. Rogers, Tom Sorell, Catherine Wilson, Yves Charles Zarka
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Philosophy does not progress by making regular additions to a quantum of information; but this is because what philosophy offers is not information but understanding. There are certain things that philosophers of the present day understand which even the greatest philosophers of earlier generations failed to understand. Even if we accept the view that philosophy is essentially the clariﬁcation of language, there is plenty of room for progress. For instance, philosophers clarify language by distinguishing between different senses of words; and once a distinction has been made, future philosophers have to take account of it in their deliberations.
It resembles, rather, the enhanced appreciation of Shakespeare we may get by seeing a new, intelligent production of King Lear. Finally, there is in philosophy a kind of progress that we might call analytic. Philosophy does not progress by making regular additions to a quantum of information; but this is because what philosophy offers is not information but understanding. There are certain things that philosophers of the present day understand which even the greatest philosophers of earlier generations failed to understand.
The meditator’s search for truth is no mere epistemic exercise, but a journey towards the divine source of light that illumines our intellect and guides our will. Virtually every aspect of the truth, moreover, turns out to be conditioned by its divinely ordained character; the understanding of our embodied nature, to take just one key example, is not just an abstract excursus into the ‘mind–body problem’, but an exercise in theodicy—one that strives to accept the limitations imposed by our physicality as consistent 15 16 AT VII 22; CSM II 15.
Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy (Mind Association Occasional) by Tom Sorell, G. A. J. Rogers