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Truth by Analysis: Games, Names, and Philosophy

Colin McGinn


What kind of subject is philosophy? This book takes up this perennial question, defending the view that philosophy consists of conceptual analysis, construed broadly. Conceptual analysis is understood to involve the search for de re essences, but the book takes up various challenges to this meta-philosophy: that some concepts are merely family resemblance concepts with no definition in terms of necessary and sufficient conditions (“game”, “language”); that it is impossible to provide sufficient conditions for some philosophically important concepts without circularity (“knowledge”, “intentiona ... More

Keywords: philosophy, conceptual analysis, de re essences, game, language, knowledge, intentional action, linguistic turn, decompositional analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199856145
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856145.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin McGinn, author
University of Miami