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p. 765. How can we think more clearly?locked

  • Michael Beaney


Analytic philosophy places great emphasis on clarity. But what does ‘clarity’ mean and how can we think more clearly? How does clarity connect with other virtues of analytic philosophy? ‘How can we think more clearly?’ introduces L. Susan Stebbing (1885–1943) who published the first textbook of analytic philosophy in 1930, doing more than anyone to promote the development of analytic philosophy in Britain. Stebbing’s work outlines different types of thinking—purposive, logical, and critical—discussing a range of ways we can be misled, from logical fallacies and potted thinking to analogies and ambiguity. In drawing our attention to them, Stebbing shows how we can think more clearly by avoiding them.

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