Philosophy and Analysis
The main thesis of this book is that philosophy is the a priori search for essences, undertaken in a spirit of play. The first part of the thesis will have a familiar ring, but the second part will doubtless strike a discordant note. This chapter focuses on the first part of the thesis: the contention that the goal of philosophical activity is to discover the essences of things by means of a priori investigation. It further contends that the proper method for uncovering the essence of things is precisely conceptual analysis. Analysis is the method, and analyses are the results.
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