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Philosophy and the Historical Perspective

Marcel van Ackeren


Since the rise of analytical philosophy, the relation of philosophy and its past is more hotly debated among philosophers than ever. Some scholars analyse historical texts without reference to current debates and their terminology, while others pursue first-order philosophy by focusing on problems instead of doxography—that is, without reference to their predecessors. A growing group, though, doubts that philosophy can be studied effectively on the basis of this sharp division. But does the study of the history of philosophy contribute to current philosophy? And, if it does, what precisely is ... More

Keywords: history of philosophy, analytical philosophy, doxography, metaphilosophy, philosophy of philosophy, methodology, historical perspective, systematic perspective, first-order philosophy

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266298
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcel van Ackeren, editor
Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford

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