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Philosophy in History Essays in the Historiography of Philosophy

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ISBN-10: 0521273307

ISBN-13: 9780521273305

Edition: 1984

Authors: Richard McKay Rorty, Jerome B. Schneewind, Quentin Skinner, Lorraine Daston, Dorothy Ross

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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.
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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1984
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/8/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Richard McKay Rorty is the principal American voice of postmodern philosophy. He was born in New York City and educated at the University of Chicago and Yale University. After having taught philosophy at Princeton University for more than 20 years, Rorty became a university professor in humanities at the University of Virginia in 1982. He has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. In 1967 Rorty published The Linguistic Turn, an anthology of twentieth-century philosophy that opens with his 40-page introduction. This work has become a standard introduction to analytic philosophy, and its title names an era. Despite his early hope for the future of analytic philosophy, Rorty came to doubt its foundations. This doubt prodded him to master American pragmatism as well as continental European work in hermeneutics and deconstruction. This work, in turn, led Rorty to question the entire tradition of Western philosophy. These doubts are expressed in his second book, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), which is one of the most widely discussed of all recent American works in philosophy. It announces the death of philosophy as a kind of higher knowledge but recommends its continuance as edification and as a branch of literature. Choice proved prophetic in stating that "this bold and provocative book is bound to rank among the most important of the decade."

J. B. Schneewindis a professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author ofSidgwick’s Ethics and Victorian Moral PhilosophyandThe Invention of Autonomy.

Lorraine Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and honorary professor at the Humboldt-Universit�t, Berlin.Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and professor of medical history and science and technology studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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