The Philosophy of Philosophy
Williamson (Timothy)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Cover Blurb

  1. The standard narratives of the development of philosophy over the past century are increasingly inadequate, yet it remains unclear what should replace them. The Philosophy of Philosophy 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.
  2. This is the second volume in the Blackwell/Brown Lectures in Philosophy series, offering compact books with cutting-edge research from across the discipline.
  3. 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.
  4. Timothy Williamson 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 and numerous articles on logic, philosophy of language, epistemology, and metaphysics.

Contents
    Preface – ix
    Acknowledgments – xi
    Introduction – 1
  1. The Linguistic Turn and the Conceptual Turn – 10
  2. Taking Philosophical Questions at Face Value – 23
  3. Metaphysical Conceptions of Analyticity – 48
  4. Epistemological Conceptions of Analyticity – 73
  5. Knowledge of Metaphysical Modality – 134
  6. Thought Experiments1 – 179
  7. Evidence in Philosophy – 208
  8. Knowledge Maximization – 247
    Afterword: Must Do Better – 278
    Appendix 1: Modal Logic within Counterfactual Logic – 293
    Appendix 2: Counterfactual Donkeys – 305
    Bibliography – 309

BOOK COMMENT:

Chapter 6, "Williamson (Timothy) - Thought Experiments", will be useful.



"Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy: Introduction"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy



"Williamson (Timothy) - The Linguistic Turn and the Conceptual Turn"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Chapter 1; see "Williamson (Timothy) - Past the Linguistic Turn?"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Taking Philosophical Questions at Face Value"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Chapter 2; see "Williamson (Timothy) - Past the Linguistic Turn?"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Metaphysical Conceptions of Analyticity"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Chapter 3; for the introduction, see "Williamson (Timothy) - Conceptual Truth"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Epistemological Conceptions of Analyticity"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Chapter 4; see "Williamson (Timothy) - Conceptual Truth" & "Williamson (Timothy) - Knowledge and Scepticism"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Knowledge of Metaphysical Modality"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Chapter 5; see "Williamson (Timothy) - Armchair Philosophy, Metaphysical Modality and Counterfactual Thinking" & "Williamson (Timothy) - Philosophical Knowledge and Knowledge of Counterfactuals"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Thought Experiments"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Chapter 6; see "Williamson (Timothy) - Armchair Philosophy, Metaphysical Modality and Counterfactual Thinking"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Evidence in Philosophy"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Chapter 7; see "Williamson (Timothy) - Understanding and Inference"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Knowledge Maximization"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Chapter 8; see "Williamson (Timothy) - Understanding and Inference"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Must Do Better "

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Afterword; see "Williamson (Timothy) - Must Do Better"



"Williamson (Timothy) - Modal Logic within Counterfactual Logic"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Appendix 1



"Williamson (Timothy) - Counterfactual Donkeys"

Source: Williamson (Timothy) - The Philosophy of Philosophy

COMMENT: Appendix 2



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