The history of philosophy has undergone remarkable growth in the English language philosophical world. In addition to more and better quality translations of canonical texts there has been a parallel expansion in the study and research of sources, thinkers and subjects hitherto largely neglected in the discipline. These range from women philosophers and late ancient thinkers to new Western and non-Western sources alike. Simultaneously, there has been a methodological shift to far greater intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in the history of philosophy, cutting across the humanities and social sciences.
Rewriting the History of Philosophy is an exciting new series that reflects these important changes in philosophy. Each volume presents a high quality, scholarly assessment and interpretation of an important topic in the history of philosophy, from ancient times to the present day, by an team of international contributors.
Information and the History of Philosophy
By G. Anthony Bruno, Justin Vlasits
December 19, 2023
From ancient conceptions of becoming a philosopher to modern discussions of psychedelic drugs, the concept of transformation plays a fascinating part in the history of philosophy. However, until now there has been no sustained exploration of the full extent of its role. Transformation and the ...
By Paul Katsafanas
November 07, 2023
Voltaire called fanaticism the "monster that pretends to be the child of religion". Philosophers, politicians, and cultural critics have decried fanaticism and attempted to define the distinctive qualities of the fanatic, whom Winston Churchill described as "someone who can’t change his mind and ...
By Chris Meyns
May 31, 2023
In recent years the philosophy of information has emerged as an important area of research in philosophy. However, until now information’s philosophical history has been largely overlooked. Information and the History of Philosophy is the first comprehensive investigation of the history of ...
By Gabriele Ferretti, Brian Glenney
May 31, 2023
In 1688 the Irish scientist and politician William Molyneux sent a letter to the philosopher John Locke. In it, he asked him a question: could someone who was born blind, and able to distinguish a globe and a cube by touch, be able to immediately distinguish and name these shapes by sight if given ...
By Panayiota Vassilopoulou, Daniel Whistler
May 31, 2023
Of all the topics in the history of philosophy, the history of different forms of thinking and contemplation is one of the most important, and yet is also relatively overlooked. What is it to think philosophically? How did different forms of thinking—reflection, contemplation, critique and ...
By Jeremy Dunham, Komarine Romdenh-Romluc
August 31, 2022
For Aristotle, habit was a fundamental aspect of human nature; and for William James, it was the "enormous flywheel" of society. In both the history of philosophy and contemporary research, it is acknowledged as a fundamental topic in ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of action, and ...
By Brian Glenney, José Silva
March 04, 2019
The study of perception and the role of the senses have recently risen to prominence in philosophy and are now a major area of study and research. However, the philosophical history of the senses remains a relatively neglected subject. Moving beyond the current philosophical canon, this outstanding...