Philosophy in history : essays on the historiography of philosophy / edited by Richard Rorty, J.B. Schneewind, and Quentin Skinner.
- Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
- Ideas in context.
Ideas in context
xii, 403 pages ; 24 cm.
- Philosophy -- History.
Philosophy -- Historiography.
Philosophy -- Historiography.
Philosophie -- Histoire.
Philosophie -- Historiographie.
- Medical subjects:
- Philosophy -- history.
- 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. -- Amazon.com.
- pt. 1. Philosophy and its history / Charles Taylor
The relationship of philosophy to its past / Alasdair MacIntyre
The historiography of philosophy: four genres / Richard Rorty
Why do we study the history of philosophy? / Lorenz Krüger
Five parables / Ian Hacking
Seven thinkers and how they grew: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz; Locke, Berkeley, Hume; Kant / Bruce Kuklick
"Interesting questions" in the history of philosophy and elsewhere / Wolf Lepenies
The Divine Corporation and the history of ethics / J.B. Schneewind
The idea of negative liberty: philosophical and historical perspectives / Quentin Skinner
pt. 2. The sceptic in his place and time / M.F. Burnyeat
The sceptic's two kinds of assent and the question of the possibility of knowledge / Michael Frede
The concept of "trust" in the politics of John Locke / John Dunn
Berkeley and Hume: a question of influence / Michael Ayers
Frege: the early years / Hans Sluga
Moore's rejection of idealism / Thomas Baldwin
The nature of the proposition and the revolt against idealism / Peter Hylton.
- Lectures delivered as a series at Johns Hopkins University during 1982-83.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Rorty, Richard.
Schneewind, J. B. (Jerome B.), 1930-
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