One increasingly finds in philosophical writings nowadays references to the differences which exist between phenomenology and linguistic analysis, and the difficulties of reconciling them. Even the journalist has taken a hand here: some years ago in the American magazine Time (7 January 1966) there appeared a ‘write-up’ of these two schools: philosophers belonging to the latter school were referred to as logicians, because of their interest in logic and language, whilst those belonging to the former were referred to as lotus-eaters, because of their concern with subjective experience. In such discussions phenomenology is often referred to as Continental philosophy, but it is far from being the dominant school on the Continent. And although linguistic analysis tends to be identified with British philosophy, there are still some philosophers in Britain who do not accept its main tenets.


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