Article first published online: 16 JUN 2006
The Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 56, Issue 224, pages 426–435, July 2006
How to Cite
Soames, S. (2006), HACKER'S COMPLAINT. The Philosophical Quarterly, 56: 426–435. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2006.00450.x
- Issue published online: 16 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 16 JUN 2006
My goal in writing ‘Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century’ was to identify and explain the most important achievements of analytic philosophy which every student of the subject should be aware of, as well as those of its failures from which we have the most to learn. I attempted to do this by constructing a history that was itself apiece of analytic philosophy in its emphasis on analysis, reconstruction and criticism of arguments. In rebutting Hacker's critique of it, I explain how my goal shaped my selection of topics, with special reference to the ordinary language period. I correct his misrepresentations of my treatment of the philosophers of this period, I demonstrate his failure to grasp, or understand the significance of, the Kripkean necessary a posteriori, and I reveal the misconceptions in his criticism of my interpretation of the ‘Tractatus’.