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Analytic Philosophy

Introduction

What is analytic philosophy?

Analysis is a mental process that breaks down ideas, beliefs, arguments or trains of thought, and systems of thought into their simpler components. Insofar as philosophy is about “mental products” in its own field and others, all philosophy is analytic. However, in American philosophy departments, and internationally, the term “analytic philosophy” has come to designate twentieth century mainstream philosophical thinking, as opposed to continental philosophy, pragmatism, and subjects that now fall under “new philosophy” because they are recent additions to the field.



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