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Fate of Analysis

The Fate of Analysis


“[The Fate of Analysis] effectively overcomes the crisis of reason in Western civilization [in a] heroic and extremely valuable effort to regain civilizational sanity.”
— Arran Gare, author of Philosophical Foundations of Ecological Civilization and Chief Editor of Cosmos and History.


Robert Hanna’s twelfth book, The Fate of Analysis, is a comprehensive revisionist study of Analytic philosophy from the early 1880s to the present, with special attention paid to Wittgenstein’s work and the parallels and overlaps between the Analytic and Phenomenological traditions.

By means of a synoptic overview of European and Anglo-American philosophy since the 1880s—including accessible, clear, and critical descriptions of the works and influence of, among others, Gottlob Frege, G.E. Moore, Bertrand Russell, Alexius Meinong, Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl, The Vienna Circle, W.V.O. Quine, Saul Kripke, Wilfrid Sellars, John McDowell, and Robert Brandom, and, particularly, Ludwig Wittgenstein—The Fate of Analysis critically examines and evaluates modern philosophy over the last 140 years.

In addition to its critical analyses of the Analytic tradition and of professional academic philosophy more generally, The Fate of Analysis also presents a thought-provoking, forward-looking, and positive picture of the philosophy of the future from a radical Kantian point of view.

Peer Reviewed By

Arran Gare, Swinburne University of Technology AU
Anyone with any knowledge of the history of civilization it should be evident that over the last century there has been a catastrophic decline in the place and status of philosophy, both in academia and society generally. In this work, Hanna identifies and rigorously analyses the roots of this crisis and its significance, not only for philosophy but for civilization. Contemporary professional academic philosophy, he argues, has evolved into a self-defeating enterprise, dissolving philosophy into the military-industrial-university-digital complex. It is only  on the basis of this careful and detailed study of the failures of analytic philosophy, along with challenges to it, that Hanna argues for a radical Kantian metaphysical paradigm shift to humanistic neo-organicism. This is shown to be a philosophy with the potential to cast analytic philosophy into the ash-heap of history and effectively confront and overcome the crisis of reason in Western civilization identified by Husserl. This is an heroic and extremely valuable effort to regain civilizational sanity.
Henry Pickford, Duke University USA

Hanna tells a magnificent and consequential tale about the living, if not always explicit, legacy of Kant in the Analytic tradition. While some chapters of the book read like lucid lectures that wear their erudition lightly and speak to readers familiar with the parlance and tools of contemporary philosophy, others weave a spellbinding yarn of paths taken and missed by mainstream philosophy over the last 100 years, and finally others are tantamount to a manifesto for a philosophy of the future worthy of its Kantian enlightenment tradition. A self-styled “rational rebel for humanity,” Hanna brings a unique voice and passionate vitality to the adventure of ideas – what might be called free-range philosophy. If ours were a civilized country this book would be readily available in every airport bookstore across the nation.

Additional Information

Published : October 1, 2021
Pages : 434
ISBN : 978-1-956389-00-5 / 978-1-956389-01-2 / 978-1-956389-02-9
BISAC : PHI039000 / LIT004260 / EDU036000
LCCN : 2021945765
Size : US Trade (6×9)