Synoptic philosophy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Synoptic philosophy comes from the Greek word συνοπτικός sunoptikos (“seeing everything together”) and together with the word philosophy, means the love of wisdom emerging from a coherent understanding of everything together.[1]

Phenomenology, attempting to bracket egocentrism, appears to be more synoptic than analytic philosophy, logical atomism and logical positivism. Wilfrid Sellars (1962) used the term 'synoptic'.[2][3] The Anglo-American philosophy made a synoptic, synthetic turn explicitly during the last quarter of the last century, giving birth or rebirth to absolute idealism, phenomenology, poststructuralism, psychologism, historicism, contextualism, holism, and the like.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christian, J. L. (1998). Philosophy: An Introduction to the Art of Wondering. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers. ISBN 0-15-505592-5, ISBN 978-0-15-505592-6
  2. ^ Wilfrid Sellars (1962) "Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man," in: Robert Colodny, ed., Frontiers of Science and Philosophy, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 35-78. Reprinted in Science, Perception and Reality (1963).
  3. ^ Jay F. Rosenberg (1990) "Fusing the Images: Nachruf for Wilfrid Sellars." Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 21: 1-23.

External links[edit]