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Truth by AnalysisGames, Names, and Philosophy$
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Colin McGinn

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856145.001.0001

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Philosophy and Analysis

Philosophy and Analysis

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Philosophy and Analysis
Truth by Analysis

Colin McGinn

Oxford University Press

The main thesis of this book is that philosophy is the a priori search for essences, undertaken in a spirit of play. The first part of the thesis will have a familiar ring, but the second part will doubtless strike a discordant note. This chapter focuses on the first part of the thesis: the contention that the goal of philosophical activity is to discover the essences of things by means of a priori investigation. It further contends that the proper method for uncovering the essence of things is precisely conceptual analysis. Analysis is the method, and analyses are the results.

Keywords:   philosophical activity, essences, conceptual analysis, a priori investigation, analysis

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