Studies in 20th Century Philosophy by Nicholas Rescher

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By Nicholas Rescher

A set of stories of varied routine and advancements in twentieth century philosophy within which Nicholas Rescher was once concerned as a participant.

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Verdict: Theoretical philosophy prevails, but is increasingly yielding room to substantive and applied discussions. 5. Formal vs. Substantive Philosophizing. How has “the linguistic turn” fared? Have issues of the technical formalities of logic and language pushed substantive concerns aside? 5), it becomes clear that the Formalists do not have it all their own way here. Ver2 To be sure, raw numbers are not by themselves conclusive here, for the discussions of a given subject ought be largely or predominantly outlined.

After logico-linguistic misunderstandings have been removed from a domain of a philosophical preoccupation, and philosophical misconceptions have been cleared away, whatever residual problems remain are scientific (formally or 1 38 The best account of the emergence and development of analytic philosophy is provided in the relevant chapters of John Passmore’s excellent history of A Hundred Years of Philosophy (London: Duckworth: 1957). As this book began to circulate, Hegel’s Owl of Minerva—that harbinger of academic mortality—was just commencing its overflight of analytic philosophy’s domain.

P. x. 24 AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY AT THE CENTURY’S END dealt with as such, it must be done against such an enlarged background— they must now be seen as representative rather than as determinative figures, with the status of the individual philosopher selected for historical consideration generally downgraded into a merely exemplary (illustrative) instance of a larger trend. The historian of American philosophy in its present-day configuration accordingly faces a task of selection entirely different in nature and scope from that which prevailed heretofore.

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