Week 3 Checkpoint-Pragmatism and Analytic Philosophy

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Running head: PRAGMATISM AND ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY 1 Pragmatism and Analytic Philosophy Stephen D, James PHI/105 Geth Allison February 30, 2011 University of Phoenix (Axia College)
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PRAGMATISM AND ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY 2 Pragmatism and Analytic Philosophy Pragmatism can be considered American, in that it originated in the United States in the late 1800’s. On the other hand, analytic philosophy is a term that has been commonly used since the 1950’s in most English speaking countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Analytic philosophy was basically created to distinguish the English speaking countries philosophy from traditional philosophy that was common to continental Europe. That would make analytic philosophy not uniquely American, but simply non continental, in fact continental philosophy is the term used to describe the traditions to which
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Unformatted text preview: they are opposed. As for it goes for analytics; it is not a uniquely American philosophy in my opinion. Aristotle literally wrote the book analytics, and Kant who was German created the analytic/synthetic dichotomy, which still has great sway in the minds of many living philosophers who consider Kant the greatest philosopher since Socrates. Philosophers from Europe tended to favor realism; they believed that what was being described by philosophy was an actual and external world. "Idealist" philosophy says that our philosophical language describes only what we perceive, not necessarily what exist: it is useful as an explanation. Led by Kant and Hegel, European philosophy was more focused on (German) idealism. Other important movements were also Romanticism and the Enlightenment movements....
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