The Varieties of Analysis: Conceptions of Analysis in the History of Philosophy

British Society for the History of Philosophy in association with the Open University Mind, Meaning and Rationality Research Group

and supported by the British Academy, the Mind Association, the Analysis Trust, the Maison Française, and Taylor & Francis

St. Catherine’s College, Oxford

30 March - 1 April 2005

The main aim of this conference, with the centenary of Russell's ‘On Denoting’ particularly in mind, was to reflect on the nature and origins of the analytic tradition as it emerged in the work of Frege, Russell, Moore and Wittgenstein. Since the emphasis on ‘analysis’ has often been seen as what characterises analytic philosophy, the focus was on the conceptions of analysis that are involved—either explicitly or implicitly—in early analytic philosophy. Appreciation of the significance of these conceptions, however, requires placing them in a broader historical context, and so a secondary aim of the conference was to explore the richness of conceptions of analysis in the history of philosophy generally. One particular theme, however, was the relationship between the analytic and phenomenological traditions. 1905 is also the anniversary of the first appearance of Husserl’s ‘transcendental reduction’, and sessions were scheduled on the methodological connections between these two traditions.

The first day was devoted to Bertrand Russell and the third day focused primarily on the relationship between analytic philosophy and phenomenology. The second day involved a number of parallel sessions exploring different conceptions of analysis in the history of philosophy. The sessions were themed around a particular topic, philosopher or period, with two or three papers in each session with time allowed for discussion.


Abstracts (14-page Word document)


Christophe Alsaleh (University of Paris 1), 'Analysis, Austinian Linguistic Phenomenology, and Husserlian Phenomenology'

Thomas Baldwin (University of York), 'C. I. Lewis and Pragmatic Analyticity'

Andreas Blank (Tel Aviv University), 'Analysis, Elucidation, and the Descriptive Nature of Philosophy in the Early Wittgenstein'

Michael Blome-Tillmann (University College, Oxford), 'Conceptual Analysis and the Concept of Truth'

Patrick Byrne (Boston College, Massachusetts), 'The Modern Return to Analysis: Viète and Descartes'

Maria Cerezo (University of Navarre, Spain), 'Two conceptions of analysis in Wittgenstein's Tractatus'

Chris Daly (University of Manchester), 'Conceptual Analysis Meets Prototype Theory'

Giuseppina D'Oro (University of Keele), 'Collingwood and the Idea of Philosophical Analysis'

Brigitte Falkenburg (University of Dortmund, Germany), 'Analysis and Synthesis in Modern Physics'

Norma Goethe (University of Cordoba, Argentina), 'Frege and the remains of the axiomatic tradition'

Nicholas Griffin (McMaster University, Canada), 'Russell's Early Semantics'

Leila Haaparanta (University of Tampere, Finland), 'The Method of Analysis in Phenomenology and Analytic Philosophy'

Peter Hacker (St. John's College, Oxford), 'Analytic Philosophy: beyond the linguistic turn and back again'

Marika Hadzipetros (University of Western Ontario, Canada), 'The Phenomenological Reduction and the Linguistic Turn'

Robert Hanna (University of Colorado at Boulder), 'Kant, Wittgenstein, and the Fate of Analysis'

Peter Hylton (University of Illinois at Chicago), '"On Denoting" and the idea of a logically perfect language'

Heikki Koskinen (University of Helsinki, Finland), 'Logical Analysis and its Ontological Implications in Quine'

Sandra Lapointe (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada), 'Bolzano's Semantic Analyses and the Austrian Logistic Turn'

Marion Ledwig (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden), 'Common Sense Philosophy in Reid, Austin, Searle, Moore, and Wittgenstein'

James Levine (Trinity College Dublin), 'Analysis and Abstraction Principles in Frege and Russell'

Bernard Linsky (University of Alberta, Canada), 'Logical Analysis and Logical Construction'

Paul Livingston (Villanova University, USA), 'Husserl and Schlick on the Logical Analysis of Experience'

Petri Maenpaa (University of Helsinki, Finland), 'Analysis of inductively defined configurations: A generalization of configurational analysis'

Dermot Moran (University College Dublin), 'Husserl's Methodology of Concept Clarification'

Omar Nasim (University of Toronto, Canada), 'Russell's Notion of Philosophical Analysis and Edwardian English Philosophy'

Alan Nelson (University of California at Irvine), 'Russellian and Moorean Analysis in the History of Philosophy'

Marco Panza (CNRS and University of Paris 7), 'From Intra-configurational to Trans-configurational Analysis, or from Pappus to Viète: The Origins of Modern Mathematics'

Volker Peckhaus (University of Paderborn, Germany), 'Analysis and Invention: From the ars inveniendi to the Context of Discovery'

Bo Petersson (Linköping University, Sweden), 'The Uppsala School and Conceptual Analysis'

Dawn Phillips (University of Southampton), 'Resolving the Paradox of Analysis in the Tractatus'

Consuelo Preti (The College of New Jersey), 'Moore's Early Theory of Judgment: A Reconsideration'

Erich Reck (University of California at Riverside), 'Frege and Russell: Analyzing the Concept of Number'

Alan Richardson (University of British Columbia, Canada), 'Synthesizing "Analytic Philosophy": Historical Remarks on a Curious Name'

Jamie Tappenden (University of Michigan), 'Analysis and Notation in Frege and his Mathematical Surroundings'

Amie Thomasson (University of Miami), 'Analyzing Meanings in Mind and Language'

Charlotte Vrijen (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), 'The Development of Philosophical Analysis in the Work of Gilbert Ryle'

A bibliography on analysis (divided into historical periods) is available at:

This bibliography is intended to be accurate and reasonably comprehensive, but there will inevitably be errors and omissions, so do pass on any corrections and suggestions.


Dr Michael Beaney, Department of Philosophy, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA [now at the University of York]