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AuthorRussell, Joseph J. author
TitleAnalysis and Dialectic [electronic resource] : Studies in the Logic of Foundation Problems / by Joseph J. Russell
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1984
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-7690-1
Descript XXI, 464 p. online resource

SUMMARY

The present book was written some twenty years ago but it has not lost its topicality, for it contains an important re-assessment of the relations of two mainยญ streams of contemporary philosophy - the Analytical and the Dialectic. Adherents and critics of these traditions tend to assurnethat they are diametrically opposed, that their roots, concerns and approaches contradict each other, and that no reconciliation is possible. In contradistinction Russell derives both traditions from the common root of the dissatisfaction with the arguments against speculative philosophy. These according to the author leave a lacuna - certain elementsof our Weltanschaaung have been removed, but they cannot be removed without replacement lest we have an incomplete world view, so incomplete in fact that it cannot be viable. According to Russell part of this vacuum is taken up by the analytical tradition but this tradition is not capable of taking up the remainder of it. That portion of the vacant space is however taken up by the dialectical tradiยญ tion, which in turn cannot itself handle the whole of the problem. Thus the two reactions to the demise of speculative philosophy appear to be complementary in at least this sense. But the author goes further, for according to hirn the analytical arguments themselves clearly point to the emergence of dialectical problems, and the dialectical problems themselves need some such background to arise


CONTENT

One: Science, Speculation, and Logic -- Two: The Philosophical Analysis of Mathematics -- Three: Ambiguity and Analysis -- Four: The Origin of Dialectical Ambiguity -- Five: Theoretical Reason -- Six: On The Supposed Primacy of the Practical -- Seven: Philosophical Dialectic -- Notes


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