Over the last thirty years historical attention has been directed toward analytic philosophy. Yet this historiographical perspective mainly focuses on the origins of analytic philosophy or on the central decades of the 20th century. By contrast, a proper historical investigation of late analytic philosophy – analytic philosophy in the last forty years – is greatly needed. This special issue of Philosophical Inquiries is intended to be a stimulus for such an investigation.
The issue includes a series of interviews with contemporary philosophers – Thomas Baldwin, Michael Beaney, Cora Diamond, Han-Johann Glock, Matthew Haug, Cheryl Misak, Philip Pettit, Nicholas Rescher, John Skorupski, Brian Weatherson, Timothy Williamson, Jonathan Wolff – based on a fixed set of questions:
In addition to five articles, which investigate the topic under discussion from widely different points of view, the issue also includes the first English translation of the “Discussion générale” of the fourth Colloque philosophique de Royaumont (1958), accompanied by an introduction by Mathieu Marion.
Guido Bonino teaches history of philosophy at the University of Turin. He is the author of The Arrow and the Point. Russell and Wittgenstein’s Tractatus (Ontos, 2008) and Anatomia del realismo. Saggio su Gustav Bergmann (Il Mulino, 2009). His main interests are the history of analytic philosophy, British Idealism and analytic ontology.
Paolo Tripodi teaches history of philosophy at the University of Turin. He is the author of Dimenticare Wittgenstein. Una vicenda della filosofia analitica (Il Mulino, 2009) and Storia della filosofia analitica. Dalle origini ai giorni nostri (Carocci, 2015); a book on Analytic Philosophy and the Later Wittgensteinian Tradition is forthcoming for Palgrave Macmillan. His main interests are the history of analytic philosophy, the later Wittgenstein and Wilfrid Sellars. Currently, both of them are trying to apply distant reading techniques to the history of philosophy.