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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 1. Nature of Analysis]

Full Idea

Analytical philosophy can rightly pride itself on having produced the greatest critical arsenal the world has ever known.

Gist of Idea

Analytic philosophy has an exceptional arsenal of critical tools


Bas C. van Fraassen (The Empirical Stance [2002], 1.6)

Book Reference

Fraassen,Bas van: 'The Empirical Stance' [Yale 2002], p.18

A Reaction

This is, of course, in the context of a scathing attack on the desire to use analytical methods to do speculative metaphysics. I say that if these are the best tools, then we should push forward with them to see how far we can get.