Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy

Hardcover | July 7, 2005

EditorTom Sorell, G. A. J. Rogers

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Philosophy written in English is overwhelmingly analytic philosophy, and the techniques and predilections of analytic philosophy are not only unhistorical but anti-historical, and hostile to textual commentary. Analytic usually aspires to a very high degree of clarity and precision offormulation and argument, and it often seeks to be informed by, and consistent with, current natural science. In an earlier era, analytic philosophy aimed at agreement with ordinary linguistic intuitions or common sense beliefs, or both. All of these aspects of the subject sit uneasily with the useof historical texts for philosophical illumination.How, then, can substantial history of philosophy find a place in analytic philosophy? If history of philosophy includes the respectful, intelligent use of writings from the past to address problems that are being debated in the current philosophical journals, then history of philosophy may wellbelong to analytic philosophy. But if history of philosophy is more than this; if it is concerned with interpreting and reinterpreting a certain canon, or perhaps making a case for extending this canon, its connection with analytic philosophy is less clear. More obscure still is the connectionbetween analytic philosophy and a kind of history of philosophy that is unapologetically antiquarian. This is the kind of history of philosophy that emphasises the status of a philosophical text as one document among others from a faraway intellectual world, and that tries to acquaint us with thatworld in order to produce understanding of the document.In this book, ten distinguished historians of philosophy, mostly trained in the analytic tradition, explore the tensions between, and the possibilities of reconciling, analytic philosophy and history of philosophy.

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Philosophy written in English is overwhelmingly analytic philosophy, and the techniques and predilections of analytic philosophy are not only unhistorical but anti-historical, and hostile to textual commentary. Analytic usually aspires to a very high degree of clarity and precision offormulation and argument, and it often seeks to be i...

Tom Sorell is at Department of Philosophy, University of Essex. G. A. J. Rogers is at Department of Philosophy, Keele University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:July 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Tom Sorell: Introduction1. Anthony Kenny: The Philosopher's History and the History of Philosophy2. John Cottingham: Why Should Analytic Philosophers Do History of Philosophy?3. Tom Sorell: On Saying No to the History of Philosophy4. Catherine Wilson: Is the History of Philosophy Good for Philosophy?5. Gary Hatfield: The History of Philosophy as Philosophy6. Daniel Garber: What's Philosophical About the History of Philosophy?7. Yves Charles Zarka: The Ideology of Context: Uses and Abuses of Context in the Historiography of Philosophy8. G. A. J. Rogers: Locke, Therapy, and Analysis9. M. R. Ayers: Richard Burthogge and the Origins of Modern Conceptualism10. Steven Nadler: Hope, Fear, and the Politics of Immortality