Note: this general is still a work in progress, help from other anons educated in contemporary analytical philosophy would be welcome. It would be good to discuss how to structure the general in a way that still allows for quality discourse whilst being engaging and welcoming to newcomers.
>What is Analytic philosophy?
Analytical Philosophy is a school of philosophy Started by Bertrand Russell and others in the twentieth Century, it has a strong focus on rigour and clarity in argument, and borrows from scientific methods to think about philosophical problems. Analytic philosophy papers and books usually have a very narrow scope for the focus of their philosophical project.
Since the 20th century, analytic philosophy has become the dominant approach in the Anglosphere.
>How is it distinct from other schools of philosophy?
Philosophy maybe broken into three main avenues of study: History of philosophy, Continental Philosophy and Analytical Philosophy. Prior to the twentieth century, philosophy was taught in chronological order, typically as part of a liberal education, this is why those asking how to start in philosophy are told to "start with the Greeks". After the twentieth century, a divide formed between analytical and Continental philosophy, which typically has a broader scope to its philosophical project and emphasised an artistic sense in writing.
>How to start learning about analytic philosophy
The main 5 areas in contemporary Analytic Philosophy are:
Feldman's Epistemology (Foundations of Philosophy Series)
Pollock's Contemporary Theories of Knowledge
Taylor's Metaphysics (Foundations of Philosophy Series)
Lowe's A Survey of Metaphysics
Koons' The Atlas of Reality
Govier's A Practical Study of Argument
Sider's Logic for Philosophy
Soames' Philosophy of Language
McGinn's Philosophy of Language
Kim's Philosophy of Mind
Below these are many others fields like ethics, aesthetics, law, etc. List in the making. Much help would be appreciated on that front.
>Philosopher/work of the Thread
The question of logic