1st Edition

Historiographies of Philosophy 1800–1950

Edited By Mogens Lærke, Leo Catana Copyright 2024
    258 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This volume discusses ways in which the history of philosophy has been written, from 1800 to 1950, and how it has been informed and guided by institutional, cultural, political, philosophical, and non-philosophical factors.

    Since its inception as a discipline, histories of philosophy have been written in different ways, depending on author, place, and time; they have varied according to institutional frameworks, cultural settings, and philosophical and non-philosophical contexts. At each stage of the discipline’s development and evolution, philosophy has constantly used the history of philosophy for its own purposes by adapting it, transforming it, rejecting it, embracing it, and rewriting it at every step of the way. The chapters in this book examine the methods deployed by historians of philosophy, epistemological foundations laid down for those methods, and the philosophical (or non-philosophical) aims pursued using those methods.

    This book will be a great resource for academics, researchers, and advanced students of philosophy and related fields, including political philosophy and history of philosophy. It was originally published as a special issue of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.

    Introduction: Historiographies of philosophy 1800–1950
    Leo Catana and Mogens Lærke

    1. From a ‘memorable place’ to ‘drops in the ocean’: on the marginalization of women philosophers in German historiography of philosophy
    Sabrina Ebbersmeyer

    2. Making history philosophical: Kant, Maimon, and the evolution of the historiography of philosophy in the critical period
    Pavel Reichl

    3. The interpretation of Locke’s Two Treatises in Britain, 1778–1956
    James A. Harris

    4. Hegel and the history of idealism
    Frederick Beiser

    5. Impure temporalities in the history of political philosophy: the historiography of dēmokratia in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain
    Alexandra Lianeri

    6. Philosophizing with a historiographical figure: Descartes in Degérando’s Histoire comparée des systèmes de philosophie (1804 and 1847)
    Delphine Antoine-Mahut

    7. Grote’s analysis of Ancient Greek political thought: its significance to J. S. Mill’s idea about ‘active character’ in a liberal democracy
    Leo Catana

    8. "All history is the history of thought": competing British idealist historiographies
    Colin Tyler

    9. Two dogmas of analytic historiography
    Michael Beaney

    10. Husserl on Hume
    Hynek Janoušek and Dan Zahavi

    11. Cassirer’s enlightenment: on philosophy and the ‘Denkform’ of reason
    Ursula Renz

    12. French historiographical Spinozism, 1893–2018. Delbos, Gueroult, Vernière, Moreau
    Mogens Lærke


    Mogens Laerke is Senior Researcher at the CNRS in France, affiliated with the research centre IHRIM at the ENS de Lyon and at the Maison Française d’Oxford. He specialises in early modern philosophy and intellectual history. 

    Leo Catana is Associate Professor at the Section of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen. He focuses on ancient philosophy and the historiography of philosophy, especially Brucker’s eighteenth-century account of past philosophy and the influence of his work.