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Philosophy and Its HistoryAims and Methods in the Study of Early Modern Philosophy$
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Mogens Laerke, Justin E. H. Smith, and Eric Schliesser

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199857142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857142.001.0001

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What Has History of Science to Do with History of Philosophy?

What Has History of Science to Do with History of Philosophy?

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(p.301) 14 What Has History of Science to Do with History of Philosophy?
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Philosophy and Its History
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Tad M. Schmaltz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857142.003.0015

This chapter considers the relation of history of philosophy to the history of science. Though these two disciplines are naturally linked, they also have special commitments that distinguish each from the other. The chapter begins with the history of the history of science, a discipline that was once allied with philosophy of science but that has increasingly evolved toward social history. The chapter then considers the debate over whether the history of philosophy is essential for, or rather largely irrelevant to, contemporary “analytic” philosophy. The conclusion is that the relation of history of philosophy to philosophy is best conceived in terms of the relation of history of science to history. Finally, the chapter considers a particular case study of the relation of history of science to history of philosophy that concerns contextualist scholarship on early modern philosophy and science.

Keywords:   history of philosophy, history, history of science, Kuhn, contextualism, analytic philosophy

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