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Down But Not Out

A Reassessment of Critical Turning Points in Analytic Philosophy

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  • The first book to scrutinize whether analytic philosophy always pursues an argumentative strategy
  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the major turning points in analytic philosophy
  • Reconsiders the importance and the assessment of certain fundamental debates in analytic philosophy

Part of the book series: Synthese Library (SYLI, volume 464)

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This book provides a detailed reassessment of the role and impact of analytic philosophy in the overall philosophical debate. It does so by focusing on several important turning points that have been particularly significant for analytic philosophy’s overall history, such as Bertrand Russell's critique of Meinong, and the vindication of Heidegger's famous 'Nothing'- sentence. In particular, the book scrutinizes whether the theses written about such points have been convincingly argued for, or whether they have gained attraction as a type of rhetorical device. Due to its broad nature, this book is of interest to scholars interested in all aspects of philosophy, at both graduate level and above.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

    Alberto Voltolini

About the author

Alberto Voltolini (PhD Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa 1989) is a philosopher of language and mind whose works have focused mainly on fiction, intentionality, depiction, and Wittgenstein. He is currently Professor in Philosophy of Mind at the University of Turin (Italy). He has had scholarships at the Universities of Geneva and Sussex. He has been visiting professor at the Universities of California, Riverside (1998), Australian National University, Canberra (2007), Barcelona (2010), London (2015), Auckland (2007, 2018), and Antwerp (2019). He has been a member of the Steering Committee of the European Society for Analytic Philosophy (2002-2008) and of the Board of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (2009-2012). His publications include How Ficta Follow Fiction (Springer, 2006), as well as the “Fictional Entities” and the “Fiction” entries (with F. Kroon) of the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, and A Syncretistic Theory of Depiction (Palgrave, 2015).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Down But Not Out

  • Book Subtitle: A Reassessment of Critical Turning Points in Analytic Philosophy

  • Authors: Alberto Voltolini

  • Series Title: Synthese Library

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04449-6Published: 13 May 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-04452-6Published: 14 May 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-04450-2Published: 12 May 2022

  • Series ISSN: 0166-6991

  • Series E-ISSN: 2542-8292

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 158

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Philosophy of Mind, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics

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