About Some New Methods of Analytical Philosophy. Formalization, De-formalization and Topological Hermeneutics

Janusz Kaczmarek 1
  • 1 University of Łódź, , Lindleya 3/5 Street, 90-131, Łódź, Poland

Abstract

In this article I want to continue the characteristics of philosophical methods specific to analytical philosophy, which were and are important for Professor Jan Woleński. So I refer to his work on the methods of analytical philosophy, but I also point out a few new methods that have grown up in the climate of studies of philosophers, especially analytical ontologists. I will therefore describe the following methods: generalization, specialization, formalization, de-formalization and topological hermeneutics. Instead of the term “method” I use interchangeably the terms “operation” or “procedure”. I will show that each of these operations makes an important contribution to ontological investigations, and, in particular, to formal ontology.

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