analytic philosophy

noun

Definition of analytic philosophy

: a philosophical movement that seeks the solution of philosophical problems in the analysis of propositions or sentences

called also philosophical analysis

— compare ordinary-language philosophy

Examples of analytic philosophy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Theories such as Hoffman’s amount to a return of idealism—the notion that physical reality cannot be strictly separated from the mind—a philosophy that has been out of fashion since the rise of analytic philosophy, in the early twentieth century. Meghan O’gieblyn, The New Yorker, "Do We Have Minds of Our Own?," 4 Dec. 2019

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Analytic philosophy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analytic%20philosophy. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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