What is Analytic Philosophy?

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Over the course of the twentieth century analytic philosophy developed into the dominant philosophical tradition in the English-speaking world, and it is now steadily growing in the non-English-speaking world. Originating in the work of Frege, Russell, Moore, and Wittgenstein, it has now ramified into all areas of philosophy, diversifying in its methodology, ideas, and positions. In this chapter, I outline the origins and development of analytic philosophy, highlight certain key themes in the history of analytic philosophy, and discuss the controversial question of whether ‘analytic philosophy’ can be defined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy
EditorsMichael Beaney
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780198747994
ISBN (Print)9780199238842
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks
PublisherOxford University Press


  • analytic philosophy
  • history of analytic philosophy
  • logic
  • philosophy of language
  • spistemology
  • metaphysics
  • philosophy of mind
  • Gottlob Frege
  • Bertrand Russell
  • G. E. Moore
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • logical positivism


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