A reader of Brian Leiter’s blog wrote to get advice
on how best to go about learning the basics of analytical philsophy. I was a philosophy minor in college, from which I graduated two years ago, but never got a chance to take many classes in logic and dabbled mainly in older continental thinkers and simple applied ethics. I’m not a huge math person and I have to admit that some of the more technical aspects of the early analytical thinkers turn me off, but I’d like to get a sufficient background in the subject so that I might read later thinkers such as Quine, Putnam, and Davidson, who do seem to have some very interesting things to say. I really would value your advice!
For those who might be in a similar situation, or for those who are merely curious, the readers’ suggestions are available here.