Analytic Philosophy: An Interpretive History explores the ways interpretation (of key figures, factions, texts, etc.) shaped the analytic tradition, from Frege to Dummet. It offers readers 17 chapters, written especially for this volume by an international cast of leading scholars. Some chapters are devoted to large, thematic issues like the relationship between analytic philosophy and other philosophical traditions such as British Idealism and phenomenology, while other chapters are tied to more fine-grained topics or to individual philosophers, like Moore and Russell on philosophical method or the history of interpretations of Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Throughout, the focus is on interpretations that are crucial to the origin, development, and persistence of the analytic tradition. The result is a more fully formed and philosophically satisfying portrait of analytic philosophy.
Aaron Preston is Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Valparaiso University. He is the author of Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion (2010) and a number of articles on the history and historiography of analytic philosophy and on the philosophy of religion.
Chapter 1: Editor's Introduction- Aaron Preston Chapter 2: Idealism and the Origins of Analytic Philosophy: Moore interprets Kant and Bradley - Peter Hylton Chapter 3: The Changing Role of Language in Analytic Philosophy - Scott Soames Chapter 4: Russell, Ryle and Phenomenology: An Alternative Parsing of the Ways - James Chase and Jack Reynolds Chapter 5: Some Main Problems of Moore Interpretation - Consuelo Preti Chapter 6: How Interpretations of Russell on Logic and Philosophical Method Have Affected Analytic Philosophy's Self-Understanding - Rosalind Carey Chapter 7: Analyzing Wittgenstein's Tractatus - Anat Biletzki Chapter 8: The Later Wittgenstein - Duncan Richter Chapter 9: Frank Ramsey and the Entanglement of Analytic Philosophy with Pragmatism - Cheryl Misak Chapter 10: From scientific to analytic: Remarks on how logical positivism became a chapter of analytic philosophy - Alan Richardson Chapter 11: Ernest Nagel's Naturalism: A Microhistory of the American Reception of Logical Empiricism - Christopher Pincock Chapter 12: "One of my feet was still pretty firmly encased in this boot": Behaviorism and The Concept of Mind - Michael Kremer Chapter 13: Quine: The Last and Greatest Scientific Philosopher- Sean Morris Chapter 14: P.F. Strawson: Ordinary Language Philosophy and Descriptive Metaphysics - Hans Johann Glock Chapter 15: Austin Athwart the Tradition - Kelley Dean Jolley Chapter 16: Davidson's Interpretation of Quine's Radical Translation, and How It Helped Make Analytic Philosophy a Tradition - Lee Braver Chapter 17: Dummett's Dialectics - Anat Matar Chapter 18: On the Traditionalist Conjecture - Sandra Lapointe