, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 597-598
Date: 27 Oct 2010

Michael Dummett: The nature and future of philosophy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010, vi+152pp, $19.95 PB

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This latest addition to Michael Dummett’s corpus is a philosophical gem: the (at least as of late) rare kind of philosophy book that is short, insightful and elegantly written. Dummett, of course, is a philosophical master. One of the not-very-many whose thought and philosophical endeavours the philosophical community ought to (and does) try to keep track with. The Nature and Future of Philosophy recapitulates his philosophy, his debt to Frege and intuitionism, his take on realism and his key thought that a semantic theory is the basis of metaphysics (with the notion of truth embodying this basis) as well as his fairly recent attempts to ‘converse’ with both continental philosophers (as with Gadamer, in Chapter 11) and the history of philosophy (as with Husserl, in Chapter 12). But, especially in the early chapters, the book ventures also into important meta-philosophical issues. Dummett takes it that we owe the fact that philosophy is still being taught in universities to the deeply e