Being a Philosopher: The History of a Practice by David W. Hamlyn

Being a Philosopher: The History of a Practice

byDavid W. HamlynEditorDavid W. Hamlyn

Hardcover | July 21, 1992

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Title:Being a Philosopher: The History of a PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.8 inPublished:July 21, 1992Publisher:Taylor and Francis

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ISBN - 10:0415029686

ISBN - 13:9780415029681

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Philosophers often find that the response 'I am a philosopher' when given in reply to the question 'What do you do?' produces a puzzled silence. The puzzle is not one simply about the nature of philosophical thought, it is one about what philosophers actually do. David Hamlyn's enjoyable and illuminating account is the first to consider the history of the practice of philosophy, or of philosophy considered as an institution. Being a Philosopher examines the main trends of that practice and how philosophers have been regarded at different times. The Greek philosophical schools provided the first professional philosophers. While philosophy played a significant role in the setting up of the universities in the Middle Ages, it was severely limited by its subservience to theology. He considers the great philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, exploring the issues of why so few had anything to do with teaching or any other institutional arrangements. The later part of the book outlines the progressive professionalism of philosophy, the emergence of phi