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P. F. Strawson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587292.001.0001

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Two Conceptions of Philosophy

Two Conceptions of Philosophy

(p.166) 14 Two Conceptions of Philosophy
Philosophical Writings

P. F. Strawson

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by providing a bare outline or sketch of a conception of a strictly scientific philosophy — an outline which conveys little sense of the mastery with which, by Quine, the programme has been carried out. It then presents, by way of contrast, an alternative conception of philosophical aims; and illustrates, by way of a case already alluded to, how this alternative conception allows for a more liberal ontology than that of the critical, scientific philosopher. Each conception has its own worth and its own appeal; and the choice between them is, ultimately, perhaps, a matter of individual temperament.

Keywords:   Quine, scientific philosophy, liberal ontology, alternative conception

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