By Tom Sorell, G. A. J. Rogers
Philosophy written in English is overwhelmingly analytic philosophy, and the concepts and predilections of analytic philosophy are usually not in basic terms unhistorical yet anti-historical, and antagonistic to textual statement. Analytic frequently aspires to a truly excessive measure of readability and precision of formula and argument, and it usually seeks to be told via, and in keeping with, present ordinary technology. In an previous period, analytic philosophy geared toward contract with usual linguistic intuitions or logic ideals, or either. All of those elements of the topic sit down uneasily with using old texts for philosophical illumination. during this booklet, ten distinctive philosophers discover the tensions among, and the chances of reconciling, analytic philosophy and background of philosophy. individuals: M. R. Ayers, John Cottingham, Daniel Garber, Gary Hatfield, Anthony Kenny, Steven Nadler, G. A. J. Rogers, Tom Sorell, Catherine Wilson, Yves Charles Zarka
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9 This point, the ‘Williams–Garber–Nietzsche–Descartes’ point, as it might rather cumbersomely be called, is certainly a suggestive one. In the words of the novelist L. P. Hartley, ‘the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’; and this may provide a very good reason for looking back into the past. But it does make the value of historical inquiry very much an instrumental value: it is simply a means to developing a more detached and critical stance towards our own contemporary world-view.
Typically, 5 Frede, Essays, p. xv. 6 (Oxford University Press, 2002). The Philosopher’s History 23 historical philosophy looks for the reasons behind, or the justiﬁcation for, the statements made in the text under study. In the other endeavour, the history of ideas, the aim is not to reach the truth about the matter in hand, but to reach the understanding of a person or an age or a historical succession. Typically, the historian of ideas looks not for the reasons so much as the sources, or causes, or motives for saying what is said in the target text.
Murdoch, The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, vols. I and II (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), and ‘CSMK’ to Vol. III, The Correspondence, by the same translators plus A. Kenny (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991). 9 D. ’ (1989), repr. in Descartes Embodied (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), p. 22. 32 John Cottingham instrumental one of making us think more critically about how we do things back home, there might be quicker and cheaper ways of achieving the same result.
Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy (Mind Association Occasional) by Tom Sorell, G. A. J. Rogers