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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Most mind-body theorists seek a single, final, universal answer to this question, written in the language of neuroscience, physics, computer science, analytic philosophy or all or none of the above. John Horgan, Scientific American, 7 Aug. 2021 Russell is generally known as one of the founders of analytic philosophy, the co-author of Principia Mathematica—a landmark work in mathematical logic—and was advisor to Ludwig Wittgenstein. Teddy Mcdarrah, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 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, 4 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of analytic philosophy was in 1934

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“Analytic philosophy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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