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In this blog-post on a criticism of Nagels book Mind & Cosmos the author makes the assertion:

This is no surprise because analytical philosophy was founded in the act of rejecting PSR. Our forefathers’ attempt to balance between common sense and the truths of science meant -- as science and the PSR parted ways -- the willing submission to brute, ultimate facts.

Is this a useful characterisation of the Anglo-Analytical tradition? Presumably, this founding act is one discerned after the fact, and not a necessarily conscious one. Or is there a single person to whom this founding act can be attributed to?

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    This is a rather idiosyncratic claim by Eric Schliesser who also names the scoundrel responsible for the "rejection of PSR": Bertrand Russell. I am at a loss on how to understand this, other than referring to a programmatic attitude - common to most of scientific philosophy - not to philosophically justify science as a knowledge enterprise, but as a philosopher to learn from science what justification actually means. But the relation to PSR is only incidental and concerns the way in which "science and the PSR parted ways", not analytic philosophy. – DBK May 29 '13 at 1:05
  • Yea, I didn't mean to mislead by linking you to newapps, I just wanted to "warn" that the Nagel book I was referring to has been heavily criticized (the top of the post links to other criticisms). I think DBK's reading is probably the right one (or at least the only plausible one I can think of). – Dennis May 29 '13 at 1:23
  • @DBK: I found it clarifying but I accept it is eccentric as the charge could also be levelled at continental philosophy. In the sense teleological explanations are given short shrift. It looks like to me a move that separates modern philosophy from rational theology. Spinoza for example I think would accept PSR. – Mozibur Ullah May 29 '13 at 14:40
  • @MoziburUllah: Right, teleological explanations came to my mind as well. There are many X in the history of philosophy for which "science and X parted ways" is true. – DBK May 29 '13 at 18:40

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