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Empty Ideas: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy

Peter Unger


During the mid-twentieth century, philosophers generally agreed that, by contrast with the natural sciences, philosophy should offer no substantial thoughts about the general nature of concrete reality. Typically, philosophers were concerned with little more than the semantics of ordinary words: The word “perceives” differs semantically from the word “believes” in that “perceives” is to be used more strictly than “believes.” While someone may be correct in saying “I believe there’s a table before me” whether or not there is a table before her, she will be correct in saying “I perceive there’s ... More

Keywords: time, composition, persistence, origins, universals, souls, experience, immortality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199330812
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199330812.001.0001


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Peter Unger, author