Philosophy and Genealogy. Ways of writing the history of philosophy

Abstract : This paper argues that doing history of philosophy is not the same as making philosophical use of history. The difference between both is not one of anachronism or presentism, but both approaches have different objects of interest and a different methodology. It argues that history of philosophy should take historiography seriously and should answer the disciplinary demands of history. It inquires into the philosophical interest and relevance of history of philosophy, arguing for the relevance of a genealogical method. The genealogical approach answers both those interested in the sameness of history and those that look into the strangeness of history.
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Koen Vermeir. Philosophy and Genealogy. Ways of writing the history of philosophy. Lærke, Mogens and Schliesser, Eric and Smith, Justin E. H. Philosophy and Its History: New Essays on the Methods and Aims of Research in the History of Philosophy, Oxford University Press, pp.50--70, 2013. ⟨halshs-01421957⟩

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