<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>The Philosophy of Philosophy (Williamson (Timothy)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../BookSummary_3806.htm">The Philosophy of Philosophy</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3><A HREF = "../../../Authors/W/Author_Williamson (Timothy).htm">Williamson (Timothy)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =3>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_3806.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td><td><A HREF = "../BooksToNotes_3806.htm">Notes Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Cover Blurb</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>The standard narratives of the development of philosophy over the past century are increasingly inadequate, yet it remains unclear what should replace them. <I>The Philosophy of Philosophy</I> provides an original and provocative take on the nature and methodology of philosophy. Pre-eminent contemporary philosopher Timothy Williamson rejects the ideology of the most distinctive trend of 20th-century philosophy  the "linguistic turn." He describes the method of philosophy as evolving from non-philosophical ways of thinking and proposes a fresh understanding of both contemporary and past philosophers.</li><li>This is the second volume in the Blackwell/Brown Lectures in Philosophy series, offering compact books with cutting-edge research from across the discipline.</li><li>Based on public lectures held at Brown University, the books in this series are written by established scholars of the highest calibre, presenting their work in a clear and concise format.</li><li><B>Timothy Williamson</B> is Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Williamson is the author of <ul type="disc"><li><a name="5"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1387.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Identity and Discrimination</A>", </li><li><a name="6"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_03/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_3264.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Vagueness</A>", </li><li><a name="7"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_448.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Knowledge and its Limits</A>" </li></ul>and numerous articles on logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics. </li></ol></FONT><BR><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Preface  ix<BR>Acknowledgments  xi<BR>Introduction  1<li>The Linguistic Turn and the Conceptual Turn  10</li><li>Taking Philosophical Questions at Face Value  23</li><li>Metaphysical Conceptions of Analyticity  48</li><li>Epistemological Conceptions of Analyticity  73</li><li>Knowledge of Metaphysical <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modality</A><SUP>1</SUP>  134</li><li><a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">Thought Experiments</A><SUP>2</SUP>  179</li><li>Evidence in Philosophy  208</li><li>Knowledge Maximization  247<BR>Afterword: Must Do Better  278<BR>Appendix 1: <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">Modal Logic</A><SUP>3</SUP> within Counterfactual Logic  293<BR>Appendix 2: Counterfactual Donkeys  305<BR>Bibliography  309</li></ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>Chapter 6, <a name="4"></a>"<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_15/Abstract_15959.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Thought Experiments</A>", will be useful.</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15946.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy: Introduction</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15954.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - The Linguistic Turn and the Conceptual Turn</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Chapter 1; see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7669.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Past the Linguistic Turn?</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15955.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Taking Philosophical Questions at Face Value</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Chapter 2; see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7669.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Past the Linguistic Turn?</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15956.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Metaphysical Conceptions of Analyticity</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Chapter 3; for the introduction, see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7654.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Conceptual Truth</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15957.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Epistemological Conceptions of Analyticity</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Chapter 4; see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7654.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Conceptual Truth</A>" & "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7670.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Knowledge and Scepticism</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15958.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Knowledge of Metaphysical Modality</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Chapter 5; see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7663.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Armchair Philosophy, Metaphysical Modality and Counterfactual Thinking</A>" & "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7652.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Philosophical Knowledge and Knowledge of Counterfactuals</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15959.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Thought Experiments</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Chapter 6; see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7663.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Armchair Philosophy, Metaphysical Modality and Counterfactual Thinking</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15960.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Evidence in Philosophy</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Chapter 7; see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7668.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Understanding and Inference</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15961.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Knowledge Maximization</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Chapter 8; see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7668.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Understanding and Inference</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15962.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Must Do Better </A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Afterword; see "<A HREF = "../../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7666.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Must Do Better</A>"</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15963.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Modal Logic within Counterfactual Logic</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Appendix 1</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_15/PaperSummary_15964.htm">Williamson (Timothy) - Counterfactual Donkeys</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy<BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>COMMENT: </B>Appendix 2</P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; 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