Once the best introduction to the techniques and practice of analytical philosophy available. Looking at it now it could probably do with supplementation with something like Steinhart's 'More Precisely'. It still makes me nostalgic. An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis. John Hospers. John Hospers' Introduction to Philosophical Analysis has sold over , copies since its first publication.
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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This book provides an in-depth, problem-oriented introduction to philosophical analysis using an extremely clear, readable approach. The Fourth Edition does not only update coverage throughout the book, but also restores the introductory chapter-- Words and the World --the most distinguished, widely acclaimed feature of the first two editions.
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It is a well written, interesting and informative book. On the not-so-positive side, the section on logic is average and quite basic in contents, and the section on ethics is quite uninspiring and it even deteriorates in the sub-section about "social ethics" into a thinly disguised apologism of unfettered laissez-faire economic liberalism.
Recommended as a non-technical, intermediate-level introduction to some typical subjects of philosophical inquiry. Nothing earth-shattering, but a quite solid and interesting, easy and informative read. View 1 comment. Original Review: I would have to look at my college transcript to know when I first read this textbook. It was my textbook for Introduction to Philosophy at university.
I recall not liking the book that much but I did take it seriously though probably more than I ought to have. I was reading Karl Popper outside of class. I took Popper more seriously. John Hospers was not an Ayn Rand devotee but he admired her and her work. He was a libertarian with a capital "A" and his textbook while not reekin Original Review: I would have to look at my college transcript to know when I first read this textbook.
He was a libertarian with a capital "A" and his textbook while not reeking of that nonsense has about it a stench. Still, Hospers was a lucid writer. I still own the textbook. It is somewhere in my apartment. My state university department of philosophy had strong teachers but also a pervasive positivist cast at certain levels.
The head the department thought of philosophy as a social science, not a liberal art which did position to some degree what we studies, though never without some opposition or difference. A friend was the student instructor in the course. He used this text pretty much as a ground or base for the course.
I no longer recall my grade. On the whole Hospers covered the basic inclinations of Western Philosophy competently and often quite well. He discussed much more actually. His political basis was not evident to me at the time and probably expressed my own views at the moment anyway.
I was not quite up to grasping Popper at the time anyway. Hospers covered the gap. I was not quite up to Popper at that moment. I did outside reading during the course. I think Hospers provided background for what I was thinking. I did not really grasp Popper at the time. The dates I read are guesses. May 19, Deanna rated it really liked it. This book provides a good overview of Western philosophy and the informal writing style adopted by the author enables him to engage with amateurs and beginners.
It also serves as a quick-reference to major issues in Western philosophy; e. May 03, Brian W. Beck rated it it was amazing.
Put it in the classroom. Nov 22, Kyab rated it it was amazing. Sep 29, Farrell rated it liked it. It was easy enough to understand. I felt that there was some unclear points he made, but it all made sense at the end. Nov 22, Tim is currently reading it. So far very good, especailly the excellent first chapter on language. Elaine Packer rated it really liked it Jan 19, Piyathida rated it really liked it Aug 31, Dec 05, Duman rated it it was amazing.
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An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis
Once the best introduction to the techniques and practice of analytical philosophy available. Looking at it now it could probably do with supplementation with something like Steinhart's 'More Precisely'. It still makes me nostalgic. An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis. John Hospers.