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The Crisis of Method in Contemporary Analytic Philosophy

Avner Baz


The book presents a critique of what has come to be called “the method of cases”—theorizing on the basis of the “application” of words to cases—as well as of the recent debates between “armchair” and “experimental” philosophers concerning that method. It argues that the method of cases as commonly practiced by both armchair and experimental philosophers is underwritten by a “representationalist” conception of language that is philosophically challengeable and empirically poorly supported—a conception on which the primary function of language is to record and communicate “classifications” or “c ... More

Keywords: philosophical method, the method of cases, armchair philosophy, experimental philosophy, representationalism, pragmatism, Wittgenstein, Merleau-Ponty, first language acquisition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Avner Baz, author
Tufts University