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Critical Essays
Collected Papers Volume 1

ISBN 9780415485487
Published August 3, 2009 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Gilbert Ryle was one of the most important and controversial philosophers of the Twentieth century. Long unavailable, Critical Essays: Collected Papers Volume 1 includes many of Ryle’s most important and thought-provoking papers.

This volume contains 20 critical essays on the history of philosophy, with writing on Plato, Locke and Hume as well as important chapters on Russell and Wittgenstein. It also includes three essays on phenomenology, including Ryle’s famous review of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time first published in 1928. Although Ryle believed phenomenology ‘will end in self-ruinous subjectivism or in a windy mysticism’ his review also acknowledged that Heidegger was a thinker of great originality and importance.

While surveying the developments in the philosophy of language and philosophical logic, Ryle sets out his own conception of the philosophers’ role against that of his predecessors and contemporaries.

Together with the second volume of Ryle’s collected papers Collected Papers Volume 2 and the new edition of The Concept of Mind, all published by Routledge, these outstanding essays represent the very best of Ryle’s work. Each volume contains a substantial introduction 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 Lecturer 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. Plato's 'Paramenides'  2. Review of F. M. Cornford: 'Plato and Paramenides'  3. Letters and Syllables in Plato  4. The 'Timaeus Locrus'  5. The Academy and Dialectic  6. Dialectic in the Academy  7. Locke on the Human Understanding  8. John Locke  9. Hume  10. Phenomenology  11. Phenomenology Versus 'The Concept of Mind'  12. Heidegger's 'Sein und Zeit'  13. Review of Martin Farber: 'The Foundations of Phenomenology'  14. Discussion of Rudolf Carnap: Meaning and Necessity  15. Logic and Professor Anderson  16. Ludwig Wittgenstein  17. Review of Ludwig Wittgenstein: 'Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics'  18. G. E. Moore  19. Review of 'Symposium on J. L. Austin'  20. Jane Austen and the Moralists  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