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Historiography and the Formation of Philosophical Canons

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ISBN 9781032024349
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
368 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book presents a series of case studies and reflections on the historiographical assumptions, methods, and approaches that shape the way in which philosophers construct their own past.

The chapters in the volume advance discussion of the methods of historians of philosophy, while at the same time illustrating the various ways in which philosophical canons come into existence, debunking the myth of analytical philosophy’s ahistoricism, and providing a deeper understanding of the roles historiographical devices play in philosophical thought. More importantly, the contributors attempt to understand history of philosophy in connection with other historical and historiographical approaches: contributors engage classical history of science, sociology of knowledge, history of psychology and historiography, in dialogue with historiographical practices in philosophy more narrowly construed. Additionally, select chapters adopt a more diverse perspective, by making place for non-Western approaches and for efforts to construe new philosophical narratives that do justice to the voice of women across the centuries.

Historiography and the Formation of Philosophical Canons will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working in history of philosophy, meta-philosophy, philosophy of history, historiography, intellectual history, and sociology of knowledge.

Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction Sandra Lapointe and Erich Reck

1. Reimagining the Canon through the Lens of Mexican Philosophy Robert Eli Sanchez, Jr.

2. When Logic Goes East (and Far West) Julie Brumberg-Chaumont

3. How to Change a Philosophical Canon Lisa Shapiro

4. History as a Weapon: T.H. Green, Empiricism, and the New Science of Mind Alexander Klein

5. The Sociology of Philosophical Canons: The Case of Georg Simmel Martin Kusch

6. Canonizing Wittgenstein: Biography, English Male Homosocial Desire, and Wittgenstein’s Queerness as a Cambridge Don, 1953-1977 David Loner

7. Interpretation and the History of Philosophy: A Pragmatic Account Jeffrey Elawani and Sandra Lapointe

8. Making Past Thinkers Speak to Us through Pragmatic Genealogies Matthieu Queloz

9. Historical Narratives and Transtemporal Problems in Philosophy Claude Panaccio

10. Philosophy and its Past: A Eudaimonistic Perspective Aaron Preston

11. Philosophical Histories, Dynamic Practices, and Contested Canons Erich H. Reck

12. Let it Rip: An Analysis of Philosophical Canons and a Partial Argument for Being a Canon-Shredder Landon D. C. Elkind

13. From Popper to Standpoint Theory: Reason and the Canon Lydia Patton

14. Frankenstein in Athens: Digital History of Philosophy Comes Alive! Christopher D. Green

15. Separate Isles? On Historiography, Philosophy, and Intellectual History Daniel Woolf

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Sandra Lapointe is Professor of Philosophy at McMaster University, Canada. She is a Commonwealth alumna and a Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation. She works on 19th and 20th century philosophy of logic, language and mind. Her most recent publications include Logic from Kant to Russell: Laying the Foundations for Analytic Philosophy (ed., Routledge 2019), Philosophy of Mind in the 19th Century (ed., Routledge 2018), and Innovations in the History of Analytical Philosophy (eds. with Christopher Pincock, 2017).

Erich H. Reck is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, USA. His most recent publications include The Prehistory of Mathematical Structuralism (eds. with Georg Schiemer 2020), Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, and their History: Essays in Honor of W.W. Tait (ed. 2018), and The Historical Turn in Analytic Philosophy (ed. 2013).