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Philosophy and the Historical Perspective$
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Marcel van Ackeren

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266298

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266298.001.0001

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Philosophy and the Historical Perspective: A New Debate on an Old Topic

Philosophy and the Historical Perspective: A New Debate on an Old Topic

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(p.1) 1 Philosophy and the Historical Perspective: A New Debate on an Old Topic
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Philosophy and the Historical Perspective
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Marcel van Ackeren

, Marcel van Ackeren, Lee Klein
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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266298.003.0001

Since the rise of analytical philosophy, the relation of current philosophy and its past is more hotly debated among philosophers than ever. In this Introduction, I first explain the main questions of this debate: Does the study of the history of philosophy contribute to philosophy? What is this contribution? Is there a specific method relating the historical perspective to current philosophy? What does this mean for our view on philosophy in general? Second, I critically discuss doubts about the usefulness of the debate and defend its importance. Third, I briefly discuss the relation of the historical perspective and its relation to the philosophy of philosophy, and finally I summarize the evolution of the debate and some of its main positions.

Keywords:   Philosophy, History, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Historical Perspective, Philosophical Methodology

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