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date: 15 December 2019

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I propose that we distinguish between the ‘Analytic school’ proper—which should be recognized as both a distinctive movement in twentieth-century philosophy and an aspect of twentieth-century modernism—and ‘analytic philosophy’ in a much broader sense, which is better characterized stylistically and institutionally than by any distinctive thematic content. I then argue that while the Analytic school certainly had a decisive shaping influence on analytic philosophy, the latter increasingly incorporates other important traditions. In particular, even though the nineteenth-century British philosophical tradition had little influence on the Analytic school, some influential lines of thought in analytic philosophy as currently practised (notably in philosophy of science and of perception, and in ethics) represent a return to its main interests and themes.

Keywords: British philosophy, Analytic school, modernism, nineteenth-century philosophy

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