By Tom Sorell, G. A. J. Rogers
Philosophy written in English is overwhelmingly analytic philosophy, and the innovations and predilections of analytic philosophy are usually not basically unhistorical yet anti-historical, and adversarial to textual remark. Analytic frequently aspires to a really excessive measure of readability and precision of formula and argument, and it usually seeks to be told through, and in step with, present traditional technological know-how. In an prior period, analytic philosophy geared toward contract with usual linguistic intuitions or good judgment ideals, or either. All of those facets of the topic take a seat uneasily with using old texts for philosophical illumination. during this booklet, ten distinct philosophers discover the tensions among, and the chances of reconciling, analytic philosophy and heritage of philosophy. members: 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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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. Both of these disciplines base themselves on exegesis, but of the two, the history of ideas is the one most closely bound up with the accuracy and sensitivity of the reading of the text.
Sanches had a healthy impatience with the kind of adulation that said of Aristotle natura locutus est ex ore ejus (‘nature spoke out of his very mouth’). Instead, homo sicut nos, insisted Sanches: Aristotle was just a human being, like us. That we should trust our own innate light of reason rather than the received authority of the past is a maxim we tend to associate most directly with Descartes; so it may surprise us to ﬁnd it there in Sanches, some ﬁfty or sixty years before the Discourse on the Method.
History of philosophy would be unnecessary and even irrelevant if, as was once thought in the analytic tradition, philosophy consisted of a method of logical reconstruction or logical clariﬁcation, with the same unhistorical method of reconstruction or clariﬁcation being practised on many different subject-matters. This conception of philosophy has never been true to the actual practice of the subject, even in the English-speaking world. History of philosophy would be irrelevant, too, if philosophy were only about the interpretation of scientiﬁc results, or if it were only concerned with how some of these might be synthesized.
Analytic Philosophy and History of Philosophy (Mind Association Occasional) by Tom Sorell, G. A. J. Rogers