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Philosophical Analysis Andresito

Philosophical Analysis Andresito

Philosophical analysis is a method of doing philosophy that involves clarifying concepts, evaluating arguments, and solving problems. It is often contrasted with other approaches, such as continental philosophy, existentialism, or phenomenology, that emphasize historical, cultural, or personal perspectives. Philosophical analysis is also known as analytic philosophy, which is the dominant tradition in the English-speaking world and some other regions.

One of the pioneers of philosophical analysis in the Philippines was Andresito Acuña, a retired professor from the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He wrote an introductory text on philosophical analysis, titled Philosophical Analysis: Advanced Techniques for Critical Thinking, which was first published in 1989 and has gone through several editions. The book covers topics such as logic, language, meaning, truth, knowledge, ethics, and metaphysics, and provides exercises and examples to help students develop their analytical skills.

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Acuña's book is widely used as a textbook for Philosophy 1 (Philosophical Analysis), a required course for all undergraduate students at UP Diliman. The course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts and methods of philosophical analysis, and to enable them to apply them to various issues and problems in different fields of study. The course also seeks to foster critical thinking, creativity, and intellectual curiosity among students.

Acuña's book is not the only source of philosophical analysis in the Philippines. There are other texts and authors that have contributed to the development and dissemination of this method of doing philosophy. For example, Jairus Diesta Espiritu, another professor from UP Diliman's Department of Philosophy, wrote a two-volume text for Philo 1: one as a reading and one as a study and assignment guide. The reading text is titled Dissonances: An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis, which was published in 2020. The text offers a different perspective on philosophical analysis, focusing on the role of dissonance or conflict in stimulating philosophical inquiry.

Philosophical analysis is not only a method of doing philosophy, but also a way of living. It can help us to understand ourselves and the world better, to question our assumptions and beliefs, to evaluate our arguments and actions, and to solve our problems and challenges. By learning and practicing philosophical analysis, we can become more rational, creative, and responsible thinkers and citizens.


  • [Dissonances: An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis]

  • [Who has an eBook/pdf for Andresito Acuña's Philosophical Analysis?]

  • [Philosophical analysis - University of the Philippines]


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