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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

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

Marcel van Ackeren

, Marcel van Ackeren, Lee Klein
British Academy

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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