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Collected Essays 1929 - 1968
Collected Papers Volume 2

ISBN 9780415485494
Published August 3, 2009 by Routledge
560 Pages

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Gilbert Ryle was one of the most important and yet misunderstood philosophers of the Twentieth Century. Long unavailable, Collected Essays 1929-1968: Collected Papers Volume 2 stands as testament to the astonishing breadth of Ryle’s philosophical concerns.

This volume showcases Ryle’s deep interest in the notion of thinking and contains many of his major pieces, including his classic essays ‘Knowing How and Knowing That’, ‘Philosophical Arguments’, ‘Systematically Misleading Expressions’, and ‘A Puzzling Element in the Notion of Thinking’. He ranges over an astonishing number of topics, including feelings, pleasure, sensation, forgetting and concepts and in so doing hones his own philosophical stance, steering a careful path between behaviourism and Cartesianism.

Together with the Collected Papers Volume 1 and the new edition of The Concept of Mind, these outstanding essays represent the very best of Ryle’s work. Each volume contains a substantial preface by Julia Tanney, and both are essential reading for any student of twentieth-century philosophies of mind and language.

Gilbert Ryle (1900 -1976) was Waynflete Professor of Metaphysics and Fellow of Magdalen College Oxford, an editor of Mind, and a president of the Aristotelian Society.

Julia Tanney is Senior Lectuer at the University of Kent, and has held visiting positions at the University of Picardie and Paris-Sorbonne.

Table of Contents

Preface Julia Tanney  Introduction  1.Negation  2. Are There Propositions?  3. Systematically Misleading Expressions  4. Imaginary Objects  5. 'About'  6. Internal Relations  7. Mr. Collingwood and the Ontological Argument  8. Back to the Ontological Argument  9. Unverifiability-By-Me  10. Induction and Hypothesis  11. Taking Sides in Philosophy  12. Categories  13. Conscience and Moral Convictions  14. Philosophical Arguments  15. Knowing How and Knowing That  16. Why are the Calculuses of Logic and Arithmetic Applicable to Reality?  17. 'If', 'So', and 'Because'  18. Heterologicality  19. Thinking and Language  20. Feelings  21. The Verification Principle  22. Thinking  23. Ordinary Language  24. Proofs in Philosophy  25. Pleasure  26. Sensation  27. The Theory of Meaning  28. Predicting and Inferring  29. On Forgetting the Difference Between Right and Wrong  30. A Puzzling Element in the Notion of Thinking 31. Use, Usage and Meaning  32. A Rational Animal  33. Abstractions  34. Thinking Thoughts and Having Concepts  35. Teaching and Training  36. Thinking and Reflecting  37. The Thinking of Thoughts - What is 'Le Penseur' Doing? Index

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Gilbert Ryle was born in England in 1900, one of ten children. In 1924 he was appointed to a lectureship at Christ Church College, Oxford where he was to remain for his entire academic career until his retirement in 1968. In 1945 he was elected to the Waynflete Chair of Metaphysical Philosophy. He was editor of the journal Mind from 1947 to 1971. A confirmed bachelor, he lived after his retirement with his twin sister Mary in the Oxfordshire village of Islip. Gardening and walking gave him immense pleasure, as did his pipe. He died on 6 October 1976 at Whitby in Yorkshire after a day's walking on the moors.


'The republication of Ryle’s Collected Papers is an important event not only because it makes it makes some previously hard to find tomes available at an affordable price but, more, because it gives us occasion to re-think the entire oeuvre of one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century ... Over thirty-five years after his death, we live in an age in which a strong dose of Rylean therapy is needed more than ever before.'Constantine Sandis, Oxford Brookes University, Philosophy in Review