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Philosophy in History : Essays in the Historiography of Philosophy - Richard Rorty

Philosophy in History

Essays in the Historiography of Philosophy

By: Richard Rorty (Editor), Jerome B. Schneewind (Editor), Quentin Skinner (Editor)

Paperback Published: 7th January 1985
ISBN: 9780521273305
Number Of Pages: 416

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The sixteen essays in this volume confront the current debate about the relationship between philosophy and its history. On the one hand intellectual historians commonly accuse philosophers of writing bad - anachronistic - history of philosophy, and on the other, philosophers have accused intellectual historians of writing bad - antiquarian - history of philosophy. The essays here address this controversy and ask what purpose the history of philosophy should serve. Part I contains more purely theoretical and methodological discussion, of such questions as whether there are 'timeless' philosophical problems, whether the issues of one epoch are commensurable with those of another, and what style is appropriate to the historiography of the subject. The essays in Part II consider a number of case-histories. They present important revisionist scholarship and original contributions on topics drawn from ancient, early modern and more recent philosophy. All the essays have been specially commissioned, and the contributors include many of the leading figures in the field. The volume as a whole will be of vital interest to everyone concerned with the study of philosophy and of its history.

Preface
Introduction
Philosophy and its history
The relationship of philosophy to its past
The historiography of philosophy: four genres
Why do we study the history of philosophy?
Five parables
Seven thinkers and how they grew: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz; Locke, Berkeley, Hume; Kant
'Interesting questions' in the history of philosophy and elsewhere
The divine corporation and the history of ethics
The idea of negative liberty: philosophical and historical perspectives
The sceptic in his place and time
The sceptic's two kinds of assent and the question of the possibility of knowledge
The concept of 'trust' in the politics of John Locke
Berkeley and Hume: a question of influence
Frege: the early years
Moore's rejection of idealism
The nature of the proposition and the revolt against idealism
Index
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ISBN: 9780521273305
ISBN-10: 0521273307
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 7th January 1985
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.32  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.57

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