July 11, 2003
Rescuing the History of Philosophy From Its Analytic Abductors
Do philosophers respect the history of their field? In the heyday of 20th-century analytic philosophy -- rigidly designated by its true believers as the ahistorical probe of piecemeal issues in logic and language -- you didn't have to look far for the answer. Or, to put it another way, it was everywhere you looked.
The canon of early modern philosophy, for one thing, consisted of a handful of white, male figures organized like Motown singing groups (Locke, Berkeley, and Hume