Philosophy and Its History: Aims and Methods in the Study of Early Modern Philosophy

Paperback | June 19, 2013

EditorMogens Laerke, Justin E. H. Smith, Eric Schliesser

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This volume collects contributions from leading scholars of early modern philosophy from a wide variety of philosophical and geographic backgrounds. The distinguished contributors offer very different, competing approaches to the history of philosophy.Many chapters articulate new, detailed methods of doing history of philosophy. These present conflicting visions of the history of philosophy as an autonomous sub-discipline of professional philosophy.Several other chapters offer new approaches to integrating history into one's philosophy. These do so by re-telling the history of recent philosophy. A number of chapters explore the relationship between history of philosophy and history of science.Among the topics discussed and debated in the volume are: the status of the principle of charity; the nature of reading texts; the role of historiography within the history of philosophy; the nature of establishing proper context.

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This volume collects contributions from leading scholars of early modern philosophy from a wide variety of philosophical and geographic backgrounds. The distinguished contributors offer very different, competing approaches to the history of philosophy.Many chapters articulate new, detailed methods of doing history of philosophy. These ...

Mogens Laerke is Senior Research Fellow at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. Justin E. H. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University. Eric Schliesser is Bijzonder Onderzoeks Fond Research Professor and Associated Professor of philosophy and moral science at Ghen...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mogens Laerke, Justin E.H. Smith, and Eric Schliesser: Introduction1. Mogens Laerke: The Anthropological Analogy and the Constitution of Historical Perspectivism2. Justin E. H. Smith: The History of Philosophy as Past and as Process3. Koen Vermeir: Philosophy and Genealogy. Ways of writing history of philosophy4. Ursula Goldenbaum: Understanding the Argument Through Then-Current Public Debates or My Detective Method of History of Philosophy5. Joanne Waugh and Roger Ariew: The Contingency of Philosophical Problems6. Leo Catana: Philosophical Problems in the History of Philosophy: What are They?7. Julie R. Klein: Philosophizing Historically/Historicizing Philosophy: Some Spinozistic Reflections8. Delphine Kolesnik-Antoine: Is the History of Philosophy a Family Affair? The Examples of Malebranche and Locke in the Cousinian School9. Michael Della Rocca: The Taming of Philosophy10. Eric Schliesser: Philosophic Prophecy11. Alan Nelson: Philosophical Systems and their History12. Yitzhak Melamed: Charitable Interpretations and the Political Domestication of Spinoza, or, Benedict in the Land of the Secular Imagination13. Mary Domski: Mediating between Past and Present: Descartes, Newton, and Contemporary Structural Realism14. Tad M. Schmaltz: What Has History of Science to Do with History of Philosophy?Bibliography