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The Journal is published since 2007 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Editor-in-chief — Maxim Lebedev, D. S.*, Moscow, Russia
Deputy editor — Dmitriy Ankin, D. S., Yekaterinburg, Russia
Editor, scientific secretary: Lev Lamberov, C. S.**, Yekaterinburg, Russia
Yuri Balashov — Ph. D., Athens, USA
Eugeny Borisov — C. S., Tomsk, Russia
David Dubrovsky — D. S., Moscow, Russia
Igor Gasparov — C. S., Voronezh, Russia
Dmitry Ivanov — C. S., Moscow, RussiaVladimir Lobovikov — D. S., Yekaterinburg, Russia
Alexander Khlebalin — C. S., Novosibirsk, Russia
Vsevolod Ladov — D. S., Tomsk, Russia
Sergey Martinovich — D. S., Saratov, Russia
Sergey Nikonenko — D. S., Saint-Petersburg, Russia
* D. S. — Doctor of Sciences, higher doctorate academic degree
Vitaly Tselishchev — D. S., Novosibirsk, Russia
Yaroslav Shramko — D. S., Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine
Valery Surovtsev — D. S., Tomsk, Russia
Ilia Tarasov — C. S., Saratov, Russia
Vadim Vasilyev — D. S., Moscow, Russia
** C. S. — Candidate of Sciences, academic degree, corresponds to Ph. D.
The aim of our journal is the realization of the possibility of research into the history of the analytic philosophy as well as into its main problems.
The Analytic Philosophy (AP) is one of the most influential trends of the modern Western philosophy which has at the centre of its attention the analysis of language understood as a key to the philosophical investigation of reasoning and knowledge. According to Michael Dummett, the general principles of philosophizing for analytical philosophers (the logical positivists, Wittgenstein in all phases of his career, Oxford ‘ordinary language’ philosophy, post-Carnapian philosophy in the United States, etc.) are the following:
(i) a philosophical account of thought can be attained through a philosophical account of language;
(ii) a comprehensive account can only be so attained.
On the other hand, Maxim Lebedev, the leading national expert in AP and our journal’s scientific adviser, proposes to distinguish two senses of the use of the concept ‘AP’. In the narrow sense, AP is understood as the dominating trend in the modern philosophy, first of all the English-speaking one. In the wide sense AP can be characterized as a certain style of philosophical reasoning that is hugely concerned with the methodological aspect of its programme. Maxim Lebedev proposes the following definition of the AP: it is ‘philosophy that consequently removes metaphors and arbitrary analogies from the argumentation’. This approach is also proved by the very fact that within the limits of the analytic tradition we meet philosophers who go back from account of thought to the account of language – as, for instance, Gareth Evans. Nevertheless, these philosophers also represent the AP since they rely on analytic philosophers (in Evans’ case on Russell, Moore and Wittgenstein) and practice a particular ‘analytic’ style which involves strictness, exactness, validity, clear premises, application of methods of the mathematical logic, etc. Another explanation and an introduction to the AP is presented by Alexander Gryaznov. It has also to be noticed that the AP’s object region is not bounded by the language philosophy (more widely – by the theory of knowledge); analytic philosophers also discuss and do research in the following areas: philosophy of science, ethics (George Edward Moore, Thomas Nagel), aesthetics (Nelson Goodman, Arthur Danto), philosophy of art (James Young, John Hyman), philosophy of psychology (Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gilbert Ryle), philosophy of mind (Daniel Dennett, John Searle), philosophy of history (Carl Hempel, Ernest Nagel), philosophy of law and political philosophy (John Rawls, Robert Nozik) etc. Besides, the AP should not be identified with logic (they just partly cross each other) and with positivism/post-positivism (as it was the case in the Soviet period of development of native philosophy).
1) To acquaint Russian specialists and all interested in the Western philosophy with the analytic tradi-tion, which presupposes publication of translations, reviews, critical and historical essays.
2) To give to Russian and foreign authors an opportunity to publish papers discussing current and classical problems of Analytic Philosophy.
The aim and the tasks presuppose:
a) A critical estimation and selection among materials submitted for consideration by the editorial board.
b) An organization of special issues on research on questions adjacent to the range of the AP’s area of coverage.
c) Taking into consideration by the editorial board the other researchers’ willingness to collaborate in view of the adequacy of materials submitted by them to the journal’s conception.
d) Getting into contact and collaboration with Russian and foreign specialists in the areas covered by the AP and also with Russian and foreign special and general philosophical journals.
e) To support a definite policy of the traditional tracks of the AP along with an open possibility for collaboration with other philosophical trends.
Dummett M. Origins of Analytical Philosophy. – Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1996, p.4.