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Analysis and MetaphysicsAn Introduction to Philosophy$
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P. F. Strawson

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198751182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198751182.001.0001

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Analytical Philosophy

Analytical Philosophy

Two Analogies

(p.1) 1 Analytical Philosophy
Analysis and Metaphysics

P. F. Strawson

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the two types of philosophy, natural and analytical. Natural philosophy, now called natural science or simply science, deals with things found in nature and it does not require much exercise of the imagination. Analytical philosophy, on the other hand, deals with conceptual analysis. It often involves the intellectual taking to pieces of concepts or ideas, discovering the elements and components of an idea or concept and examination of how they are related. There are different perceptions of an analytical philosopher including one involved in conceptual geography or conceptual mapping or charting, and one involved in therapy to cure certain characteristic kinds of intellectual disorder.

Keywords:   philosophy, natural philosophy, analytical philosophy, science, concepts, therapy

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