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Wittgenstein on Logic as the Method of Philosophy: Re-examining the Roots and Development of Analytic Philosophy

2019.10.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Oskari Kuusela, Wittgenstein on Logic as the Method of Philosophy: Re-examining the Roots and Development of Analytic Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2019, 297pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198829751. Reviewed by David G. Stern, University of Iowa Questions about how best to understand Wittgenstein's methods have been a focus of debate in recent work on his philosophy, both early and late. One central axis of disagreement among interpreters turns on precisely this issue. "Two Wittgensteins" interpreters draw a basic distinction between the early and the later philosophy, as they hold that his methods in the Tractatus and the Philosophical Investigations are deeply different. "One Wittgenstein" interpreters, on the other hand, maintain that the early and the later Wittgenstein have a great deal in common, and that the methods of the Tractatus and the Philosophical Investigations are fundamentally similar, or even identical. Oskari Kuusela's book is an original and thought-provoking defense of a novel position in the middle ground between these... Read [More]

Causation in the Law

[New Entry by Michael Moore on October 3, 2019.] [Editor's Note: The following new entry by Michael Moore replaces the former entry on this topic by the previous authors.] In this context the basic questions concerning causation in the law are: (i) what are the criteria in law for deciding whether one [More]

Richard Price

[New Entry by David McNaughton on October 3, 2019.] Richard Price (1723 - 1791) was a prominent dissenting minister and a leading figure in philosophical and political thought in the second half of the eighteenth century. As well as publishing on a wide range of subjects, including ethics, politics, theology, and probability theory, he also greatly advanced work on actuarial tables, which enabled insurers to predict more accurately the life-expectancy of people in their differing circumstances. His passionate commitment to the cause of liberty led him to take a prominent public role [More]

Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science

Job List:  Asia/Africa/Australasia Name of institution:  University of Sydney Town:  Sydney Country:  Australia Job Description:  • Rare Opportunity for a Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science • Located at Camperdown Campus • Full-time, Continuing Employment, Base Salary: $106,343 - $126,279 p.a. Level B, plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation. About the [More]

Miguel León-Portilla (1926-2019)

Miguel León-Portilla, emeritus professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and “the world’s foremost authority on Náhuatl philology and philosophy,” has died. Professor León-Portilla was known for his philosophical, historical, anthropological work on, and his translations of, Nahuatl philosophy, history, and literature, producing hundreds of articles and nearly fifty books. He joined the faculty of UNAM in 1957. The many honors he received over his long career include a Living Legend Award from the U.S. Library of Congress, the Belisario Domínguez Medal of Honor (the Mexican Senate’s highest honor), the Elías Sourasky Award (a national award for work in the social sciences), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and “countless” honorary doctorates. From 1987 to 1992, he was Mexico’s delegate to UNESCO, In an obituary published at the UNAM site, León-Portilla is credited with “giving voice to the vanquished,” beginning “a movement to understand and revalue the literature in [Nahuatl], not only that of the pre-Columbian era, but also the current one, which is spoken by more than 1.5 million people.” (via Sergio A. Gallegos Ordorica) The post Miguel León-Portilla (1926-2019) appeared first on Daily [More]