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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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  • Gadamer's ontology: an examination of Hans-Georg Gadamer's concept of being in relation to Heidegger, Plato and Hegel 

    Dawson, Christopher (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 1996-01-30)
    An examination of the ontological position on which Hans-Georg Gadamer’s views rely, and of its relationship to the views of Heidegger, Plato and Hegel. I argue that Gadamer’s notion of being appeals to a structure he uses ...
  • Altruism and Ambition in the Dynamic Moral Life 

    Dougherty, T (Taylor & Francis, 2016-11-29)
    Some people are such impressive altruists that they seem to us to already be doing more than enough. And yet they see themselves as compelled to do even more. Can our view be reconciled with theirs? Can a moderate view of ...
  • The Real Problem with Evolutionary Debunking Arguments 

    Hanson, Louise
    There is a substantial literature on evolutionary debunking arguments (EDAs) in metaethics. According to these arguments, evolutionary explanations of our moral beliefs pose a significant problem for moral realism, ...
  • Mirror Self Recognition and Self-Identification 

    Boyle, AS
    That great apes are the only primates to recognise their reflections is often taken to show that they are self-aware – however, there has been much recent debate about whether the self-awareness in question is psychological ...

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