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The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Imre Leader, June Barrow-Green, Timothy Gowers

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VII.12 Analysis, Mathematical and Philosophical

John P. Burgess

1 The Analytic Tradition in Philosophy

Philosophical problems are never solved for the same reason that treasonous conspiracies never succeed: as successful conspiracies are never called “treason,” so solved problems are no longer called “philosophy.” Philosophy, which once included almost every subject in the university (every subject in which the highest degree is Ph.D.), has thus been shrunk by success. The greatest shrinkage occurred during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when natural philosophy became natural science. Philosophers of the period, all intensely interested in the emergence of the new science, differed over issues of scientific method. Philosophy had ...

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