Philosophy as Synchronic History

dc.contributor.authorStoljar, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned2023-03-17T02:40:26Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.updated2022-01-09T07:18:24Z
dc.description.abstractBernard Williams argues that philosophy is in some deep way akin to history. This article is a novel exploration and defense of the Williams thesis (as I call it)-though in a way anathema to Williams himself. The key idea is to apply a central moral from what is sometimes called the analytic philosophy of history of the 1960s to the philosophy of philosophy of today, namely, the separation of explanation and laws. I suggest that an account of causal explanation offered by David Lewis may be modified to bring out the way in which this moral applies to philosophy, and so to defend the Williams thesis. I discuss in detail the consequences of the thesis for the issue of philosophical progress and note also several further implications: for the larger context of contemporary metaphilosophy, for the relation of philosophy to other subjects, and for explaining, or explaining away, the belief that success in philosophy requires a field-specific ability or brilliance.en_AU
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_AU
dc.identifier.issn2053-4477en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/287146
dc.language.isoen_AUen_AU
dc.publisherCambridge Journalsen_AU
dc.rights© American Philosophical Associationen_AU
dc.sourceJournal of American Philosophical Associationen_AU
dc.subjectmetaphilosophyen_AU
dc.subjectphilosophy of historyen_AU
dc.subjectphilosophical progressen_AU
dc.subjectexplanationen_AU
dc.subjectphilosophy of scienceen_AU
dc.titlePhilosophy as Synchronic Historyen_AU
dc.typeJournal articleen_AU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2en_AU
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage172en_AU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage155en_AU
local.contributor.affiliationStoljar, Daniel, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANUen_AU
local.contributor.authoremailu8711855@anu.edu.auen_AU
local.contributor.authoruidStoljar, Daniel, u8711855en_AU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.description.notesImported from ARIESen_AU
local.identifier.absfor500305 - Epistemologyen_AU
local.identifier.absseo280119 - Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studiesen_AU
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB20758en_AU
local.identifier.citationvolume7en_AU
local.identifier.doi10.1017/apa.2020.14en_AU
local.identifier.thomsonID000667791100002
local.identifier.uidSubmittedBya383154en_AU
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.cambridge.org/en_AU
local.type.statusPublished Versionen_AU

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