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From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis

Frank Jackson


Conceptual analysis is currently out of favour, especially in North America. This is partly through misunderstanding of its nature. Properly understood, conceptual analysis is not a mysterious activity discredited by Quine that seeks after the a priori in some hard‐to‐understand sense. It is, rather, something familiar to everyone, philosophers and non‐philosophers alike—or so I argue. Another reason for its unpopularity is a failure to appreciate the need for conceptual analysis. The cost of repudiating it has not been sufficiently appreciated; without it, we cannot address a whole raft of im ... More

Keywords: analysis, analytic philosophy, conceptual analysis, Frank Jackson, location problem, metaphilosophy, physicalism, Quine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198250614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Jackson, author
Australian National University
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