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Philosophical Description and Descriptive Philosophy

Philosophical Description and Descriptive Philosophy 35 Philosophical Description and Descriptive Philosophy J. N. MOHANTY University of Oklahoma ,.. ;.., i;1\ i That one of the tasks of philosophy is to describe was one of those points where extremes seemed to meet in philosophy. I seek your indulgence to quote two well-known passages from two philosophers of very different persuasions: "The primary method of mathematics is deduction; the primary method of philosophy is descriptive generalisation."1 1 "Metaphysics is nothing but the description of the generalities which apply to all the details of practice."2 "We must do away with all explanation, and description alone must take its place."3 "Philosophy may in no way interfere with the actual use of language; it can in the end only describe it (Wittgenstein) A more recent author, P. F. Strawson, called his major workAn Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics, and assigned to it the task of describing the actual structure of our thought about the world. 5 It would be interesting to examine these and other philosophers who claim to be employing the descriptive method, and to bring out the different kinds of description which we find. A consequence of such an inquiry would be to evaluate the claims of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Philosophical Description and Descriptive Philosophy

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 14 (1): 35 – Jan 1, 1984

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Brill
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© 1984 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916484X00033
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35 Philosophical Description and Descriptive Philosophy J. N. MOHANTY University of Oklahoma ,.. ;.., i;1\ i That one of the tasks of philosophy is to describe was one of those points where extremes seemed to meet in philosophy. I seek your indulgence to quote two well-known passages from two philosophers of very different persuasions: "The primary method of mathematics is deduction; the primary method of philosophy is descriptive generalisation."1 1 "Metaphysics is nothing but the description of the generalities which apply to all the details of practice."2 "We must do away with all explanation, and description alone must take its place."3 "Philosophy may in no way interfere with the actual use of language; it can in the end only describe it (Wittgenstein) A more recent author, P. F. Strawson, called his major workAn Essay in Descriptive Metaphysics, and assigned to it the task of describing the actual structure of our thought about the world. 5 It would be interesting to examine these and other philosophers who claim to be employing the descriptive method, and to bring out the different kinds of description which we find. A consequence of such an inquiry would be to evaluate the claims of

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1984

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