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Cambridge has occupied a uniquely distinguished place in the history of philosophy in the last 100 years. It was here in the early years of the 20th century, that Russell, Moore, Wittgenstein, Ramsey and others developed the analytic style of philosophy which is now prominent in much of the world. The Faculty of Philosophy today retains a strong commitment to this analytic tradition, combining it with study and teaching of the history of philosophy from Plato to the present day, as well as aesthetics and political philosophy.

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  • Speech, Sex, and Social Norms 

    McDonald, Lucy (2020-10-24)
    This thesis contains five essays about speech, sex, and social norms. In each of the first four essays, I analyse a different communicative phenomenon: discriminatory pejoratives (Chapter 1), cat-calling (Chapter 2), shaming ...
  • Philosophy at Cambridge 

    Langton, Rae; Potter, Michael; Price, Huw; Munton, Jessie (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 2020-09)
    Newsletter of the Faculty of Philosophy. Articles: Rae Langton, 'From the Chair'; Michael Potter, 'The Birth of a Book'; Huw Price, 'Two Projects from 2012--a progress report; Rae Langton 'The Enlightening of Maria von ...
  • Metaphysics and the Mind-Body Problem: Why the Twenty-First Century Still Needs Mental Substances 

    Weir, Ralph
    In the preface to the second edition of his German Metaphysics (1751) Christian Wolff distinguishes three responses to the mind-body problem. Materialism says that everything is ultimately material. Idealism says that ...
  • On Dualities and Equivalences Between Physical Theories 

    Butterfield, Jeremy Nicholas (2018-06-02)
    The main aim of this paper is to make a remark about the relation between (i) dualities between theories, as `duality' is understood in physics and (ii) equivalence of theories, as `equivalence' is understood in logic and ...

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