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Doing Philosophy


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Preface 1: Introduction 2: Starting from common sense 3: Disputing 4: Clarifying terms 5: Doing thought experiments 6: Comparing theories 7: Deducing 8: Using the history of philosophy 9: Using other fields 10: Model-building 11: Conclusion: the future of philosophyReferences and Further Reading

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Timothy Williamson is the Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford and A. Whitney Griswold Visiting Professor at Yale University. Previously he was the Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh University. He has published books and articles on many branches of philosophy, some of which have been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Serbian, Turkish, Chinese, Korean, and other languages. He frequently writes on philosophy in the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times blog The Stone, and newspapers in various countries.


As bold and provocative as its title, one of the worlds leading philosophers lays out in clear, accessible, and engaging terms his vision of philosophy, inviting the reader to agree or disagree, and thereby to enter into its practice. * Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University *
Could you be a philosopher? In this terrific book, Timothy Williamson explains what is distinctive about philosophical ways of thinking, and shares trade secrets about how philosophical theories are built and judged. Doing Philosophy moves swiftly, plunging the reader straight into deep controversies about the relationships between philosophy and science, common sense, logic, language, and thought experiments. Williamson is an expert guide through this challenging terrain, offering precise arguments, entertaining examples, and intriguing questions for further reflection. * Jennifer Nagel, University of Toronto *

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