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By Robert Piercey

During this booklet Robert Piercey asks the way it is feasible to do philosophy by means of learning the thinkers of the previous. He develops his resolution via readings of Martin Heidegger, Richard Rorty, Paul Ricoeur, Alasdair MacIntyre and different historically-minded philosophers. Piercey indicates that what's particular approximately those figures is a priority with philosophical images - tremendous basic conceptions of what the realm is like - instead of particular theories. He bargains a entire and illuminating exploration of how during which those thinkers use narrative to judge and criticise those images. the result's a robust and unique account of the way philosophers use the previous.

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When we do philosophy historically, we draw conclusions that are general. We do not just assess the views and arguments of individual thinkers. Rather, we try to learn something about the broader philosophical pictures that these thinkers articulate. The problem is that the evidence offered in support of such a conclusion is inevitably particular. We may want to demonstrate something about the representational picture as a whole, but the way we do this is by examining particular representatives of it, such as Locke and Kant.

When we do philosophy historically, we draw conclusions that are general. We do not just assess the views and arguments of individual thinkers. Rather, we try to learn something about the broader philosophical pictures that these thinkers articulate. The problem is that the evidence offered in support of such a conclusion is inevitably particular. We may want to demonstrate something about the representational picture as a whole, but the way we do this is by examining particular representatives of it, such as Locke and Kant.

What they say about past philosophy will be a function of – will be relative to – their choice of theoretical framework. But the claims of a historian, or an economist, or a physicist are relative in exactly the same way. Of course, the term “relativism” is usually taken to mean something stronger – namely, that no way of talking about a subject is better or truer than any other. There is no reason to think that the study of philosophical pictures is relativistic in this sense. Granted, there may be disputes in this enterprise that are difficult or impossible to settle.

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