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MaieusisEssays in Ancient Philosophy in Honour of Myles Burnyeat$
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Dominic Scott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289974.001.0001

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Ideas Leap Barriers: The Value of Historical Studies to Philosophy

Ideas Leap Barriers: The Value of Historical Studies to Philosophy

(p.374) 19 Ideas Leap Barriers: The Value of Historical Studies to Philosophy

Richard Sorabji (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses some of the author's and Myles Burnyeat's intersecting views about the history of philosophy. It identifies barriers within and between philosophical traditions, as well as suggests that philosophical ideas can revive more freely than one might expect. It argues that although philosophy does not progress, each individual can progress in his or her personal search for understanding, and this makes philosophy of great value to the individual.

Keywords:   history of philosophy, detachment, discontinuity, Miles Burnyeat

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