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Logic in analytic philosophy (1941-2010): a distant reading analysis


IUSS, Palazzo del Broletto, Aula 1-15
Piazza della Vittoria n. 15 – Pavia

IUSS Philosophy Seminars
Human Consciousness Project


March 27th, 2019, 14.00-16.00

Speaker: Paolo Tripodi – University of Turin

Using quantitative methods, we investigate the role of logic in analytic philosophy from 1941 to 2010. In particular, in a corpus of five journals publishing analytic philosophy we assess the presence of logic, its role and level of technical sophistication. The analysis reveals that (i) logic is not present at all in nearly three-quarters of the corpus, (ii) the instrumental role of logic prevails over the non-instrumental ones, and (iii) the level of technical sophistication increases in time, although it remains relatively low. These results are used to provide interpretation and appraisal of the view, widespread among analytic philosophers, that logic is a widely used and highly sophisticated method to analyze philosophical problems.