The moniker 'Analytic' for the currently predominant academic regimen in philosophy does not seem to convey much about its point and aim. Has there ever been or is there any type of movement or call for a change in its description or title within the field? The goal of philosophy is to seek clarity and meaning.

For clarities sake would the title, 'Mathematically Oriented Semantic Logic' make any sense?

  • I doubt if any serious challenge has ever been proposed. Arguably, it is mathematics which is oriented towards the analytical methods of the logician. One simply needs to understand what "analysis" means in this context. Nov 13, 2020 at 12:17
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    I love the irony of asking whether AP — a school that rests on a presumption of strict denotation, or a one-to-one mapping of linguistic symbols onto their real-world referents — might benefit from a name change. Nov 13, 2020 at 14:17
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    I always thought that your take on philosophy is analytic through and through. Spinoza's Ethics is modeled on Euclid's Elements whose demonstrations are crafted through what Greeks called analysis-and-synthesis. "Analytic" is certainly more descriptive than "continental" and sufficiently vague to pour in what meaning one prefers. 'Mathematically Oriented Semantic Logic' is too verbose and narrow. In any case, concerns over clarity and descriptiveness are not a major factor in establishing names historically, in any area, force of habit is.
    – Conifold
    Nov 13, 2020 at 20:59
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    I would be more inclined, somewhat cynically, to say the difference now is between English language philosophy, and that done in basically any other language. I am saddened by the retreat of English language philosophy into a stuffy corner of academia, and what seems to me a failure of nerve to bring to bear now, the tools of philosophy on to issues of the day, and lived developing culture. But then, as I see it a philosopher should aspire to be somewhere between Wittgenstein's model of therapist, and Durkheim's model of shaman, actively participating in our developing social intelligence.
    – CriglCragl
    Nov 14, 2020 at 2:48
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    @CriglCragl- Visit Academia or Philpapers to view my work. And see a sample of, 'no failure of nerve'. Cheers,
    – user37981
    Nov 14, 2020 at 19:53


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