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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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The Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge Revisited: Relativism, Scepticism, Reductionism

The Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge Revisited: Relativism, Scepticism, Reductionism

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(p.200) 13 The Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge Revisited: Relativism, Scepticism, Reductionism
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Philosophy and the Historical Perspective
Author(s):

Martin Kusch

, Marcel van Ackeren, Lee Klein
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266298.003.0013

This chapter revisits the author’s 1995 book Psychologism: A Sociology of Philosophical Knowlege in a critical, constructive and comparative spirit. It begins with a brief summary of Psychologism. Subsequently, it identifies two key influences and discusses two recent studies that might be seen as sociological alternatives to what the author tried to do in the 1990s. It offers critical comments on these alternatives. Finally, the author formulates two objections to his previous work before turning to the question where the philosophical relevance of the SPK might lie.

Keywords:   sociology, philosophical knowledge, psychologism

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