[Though June has already begun, and we thought that the fabulous Introductory Philosophy Readings Not School group might be on hiatus, we're happy to announce a new group leader for June, the every-popular Michael Burgess. If you're not a member of Not School, join up. Don't know what it is? Read here.]
So far in the Intro group we have considered works which through their outlook, methodology or content have exemplified styles or approaches to philosophy. In June we will consider the subject of philosophy itself, i.e. we'll read about metaphilosophy. The text is available via the Documents tab on the group page, though you can also buy the book, of course: An Introduction to Metaphilosophy, by Søren Overgaard, et al.
Here's what Amazon has to say about the book:
What is philosophy? How should we do it? Why should we bother to? These are the kinds of questions addressed by metaphilosophy – the philosophical study of the nature of philosophy itself. Students of philosophy today are faced with a confusing and daunting array of philosophical methods, approaches and styles and also deep divisions such as the notorious rift between analytic and Continental philosophy. This book takes readers through a full range of approaches – analytic versus Continental, scientistic versus humanistic, ‘pure’ versus applied – enabling them to locate and understand these different ways of doing philosophy. Clearly and accessibly written, it will stimulate reflection on philosophical practice and will be invaluable for students of philosophy and other philosophically inclined readers.