By Walter A. Kaufmann

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Ryle resolves the fatalistic 'What is, always was to be' into a tautology and a false imputation of logical inevitability. This is excellent so far as it goes. . But there is a problem which the puzzle conceals: assessing the moral implications of the fact that our conduct is enmeshed in a network of causal necessitation. ). "Pure" philosophy is a chimera. Whether philosophic reflection takes off from confusions of past philosophers or from those of ordinary people, from problems posed by a work of literature, like Antigone, or from problems that arise in one's own life, the decision to confine oneself to linguistic analysis is arbitrary.

This calls for a twofold answer. First, by the same token, we might just as well desist from linguistic analysis, too, and wait for superior philologists to do a better job a hundred years hence. The position of the ordinary language philosophers is inconsistent at this point. On the one hand, they tell us that philosophers have no business making empirical statements which are confirmable by observation; on the other hand, their articles consist largely of empirical statements that are confirmable by observing how educated people employ certain words.

This may help to explain why this philosophy has never won many adherents in France, Italy, Spain, Latin America, Russia, or Germany, and why it has some influence today in Scandinavia. One of the most important functions of philosophy is to scrutinize beliefs and arguments, and to exercise a certain skill in showing up fallacies. From Berkeley and Hume to Broad and Ryle, British philosophy has excelled in this work. It is easy to underestimate its significance, and nonphilosophers have generally given in to this temptation.

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