CHAPTER20

Analytic Philosophy

In This Chapter

  • Frege’s application of logic to math and language
  • Propositions and symbolic logic
  • Wittgenstein’s application of logic to language
  • The Vienna Circle and logical positivism
  • Wittgenstein’s shift to seeing language as a game
  • Analytic vs. continental philosophy

Logic was an important aspect of Aristotle’s philosophy back in ancient Greece. Logic was also important to the Scholastic philosophers of the Middle Ages who picked up on Aristotle’s thinking and wouldn’t let go. But for many centuries following the Middle Ages, few philosophers paid close attention to logic.

Around the turn of the twentieth ...

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