The Philosophy of History: a reexamination

edited by William Sweet

(Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishers, 2004)

Table of Contents


The Philosophy of History: Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow

William Sweet..... 1 - 23

I. History and Historical Understanding

1 James Connelly
History: A Thing of the Past?..... 27 - 42

2 Catherine Wilson
Postformalist Criticism in the History of Philosophy ..... 43 - 62

3. Louis Groarke
The Art of History: History and the History-Painting Tradition ..... 63 - 78

4 Jonathan Lavery
Clio in the Lyceum: Finding Room for History in Aristotle's Thought ..... 79 - 94

5 Dennis Hudecki
Kierkegaard: Historical Inquiry and the Individual     95 - 103

6 Richard Feist
History and Mathematics ..... 105 - 118

7 Franz Schreiner and Mostafa Faghfoury
Temporal Priority and a Better World ..... 119 - 127

II. Explanation and Objectivity

8 Leslie Armour
Speculative vs Critical Philosophy of History ..... 131 - 162

9 Lionel Rubinoff
History, Philosophy and Historiography: Philosophy and the Critique of Historical Thinking ..... 163 - 196

10 Karsten  R. Stueber
Agency and the Objectivity of Historical Narratives ..... 197 - 222

11Jean-François Méthot
Traditional vs. Postmodern History: The Contribution of Narrative ..... 223 - 232

12 Delamar Jose Volpato Dutra
The Frankfurt School and the Philosophy of History ..... 233 - 24

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William Sweet (Editor) is Professor of Philosophy at St Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada). He is the author of Idealism and Rights (1997) and Anti-foundationalism, Faith, and Community (2004, with Hendrik Hart). He has edited several collections of scholarly essays, including Idealism, Metaphysics, and Community (2001), The Bases of Ethics (2000), and God and Argument (1999). He has also published an edition of The Philosophical Theory of the State and Related Essays by Bernard Bosanquet (2001, with Gerald F. Gaus), and edited The Collected Works of Bernard Bosanquet, 20 volumes (1999). He is President of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association and a Vice President of the Istituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain (Rome).

Leslie Armour is Research Professor of Philosophy at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology (Ottawa), and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. He is author of "Infini Rien": Pascal's Wager and the Human Paradox (1993), Being and Idea: Developments of Some Themes in Spinoza and Hegel (1992); The Idea of Canada and the Crisis of Community (1981), The Faces of Reason: an essay on philosophy and culture in English Canada, 1850-1950  (with Elizabeth Trott, 1981), The Conceptualization of the Inner Life (with Edward T. Bartlett, 1980), Logic and Reality: an Investigation into the Idea of a Dialectical System (1972); The Concept of Truth (1969), The Rational and the Real: an Essay in Metaphysics (1962). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

James Connelly is Head of School and Principal Lecturer in the School of Human Sciences at the Southampton Institute of Higher Education, England. He has authored several studies, and edited a number of volumes, on the Philosophy of R.G.Collingwood (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on R. G. Collingwood, [1996, with David Boucher and Tariq Modood]), on Environmental Politics (Politics and the Environment. from theory to practice, [1999, with Graham Smith]), and on social policy (Citizens, charters and consumers, 1993). He is on the Board of Directors of the Collingwood Society.

Delamar Jose Volpato Dutra is Deputy Head in the Department of Philosophy at the Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil. He is the author of A reformulação discursiva da moral kantiana, (PhD dissertation, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil) and of Razao e consenso: uma introducao ao pensamento de habermas (1993). He has published in a number of books and journals, including Veritas, Kriterion, Dissertatio, Síntese Nova Fase, and Caderno Cultural.

Mostafa Faghfoury is Coordonnator and Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at Heritage College, Hull, Quebec, editor of Analytical philosophy of religion in Canada (1982) and author of articles in De Philosophia, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, the Philosophy Research Archives, and other journals.

Richard Feist is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. He has published in Husserl and the Sciences: Selected Perspectives, Oeculture, The Nature of Metaphysics, Dialogue, Journal of Philosophy, Protosoziologie, Science et Esprit, Synthese, De Philosophia, and other journals

Louis Groarke is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is the author of The Good Rebel: Understanding Freedom and Morality (2001) and of academic papers on a wide variety of subjects, including philosophy of science, ethics, applied ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, argumentation theory, and the history of ideas.

Dennis Hudecki is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brescia College, an affiliate of The University of Western Ontario.  He has written on a wide variety of topics, including feminism, art, sexual ethics, political philosophy and informal logic; his main interest is the philosophy of religion and the philosophies of Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard.  He is a Co-Editor of Images of the Human:  The Philosophy of the Human Person in a Religious Context (1995)

Jonathan Lavery is Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, and specializes in Ancient Philosophy and Ethics. He is the author of Education, Conversion and Plato's Protagoras (PhD dissertation, University of Guelph), and articles in Proceedings of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation, Proceedings of the World Congress of Philosophy, 1998, Teaching Philosophy, Canadian Philosophical Reviews,  Philosophy in Review, and other journals.
Jean-François Méthot, is Associate Professor and Department Chair at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology (Ottawa), and President of the Société de philosophie de l'Outaouais. He is a member of the editorial board of Science et Esprit and Carrefour, and author of articles in L'esprit cartésien (2000),  Science et Esprit , Études maritainiennes, Papers of the 17th International Wittgenstein Symposium, and Carrefour.

Lionel Rubinoff is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada. He is author of The Pornography of Power (1968), F.H. Bradley’s Presuppositions of Critical History (1968), and Tradition and Revolution (1970), and Editor of Faith and Reason: Essays in the Philosophy of R.G. Collingwood (1968), Collingwood and the Reform of Metaphysics (1970), and Co-editor (with W.J. van der Dussen) of Objectivity, Method and Point of View: Essays in the Philosophy of History (1991).

Karsten R. Stueber is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. He is the author of articles in the philosophy of history and in action theory, and co-editor of Empathy and Agency : the problem of understanding in the human sciences (2000).

Catherine Wilson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Editor of The Journal of the History of Philosophy, and author of The Invisible World: Early Modern Philosophy and the Invention of the Microscope 1620-1720 (1995) and Leibniz's Metaphysics: A Historical and Comparative Study (l989). She is also editor of Civilization and Oppression (1999) and Leibniz: Critical Essays (1999). She specializes in 17th and 18th Century History and Philosophy of Science, Epistemology and the Theory of Science. She has also published in Descartes's Natural Philosophy,  New Essays on the Rationalists, The Young Leibniz, Bild und Reflexion, The Future of Philosophy, Dialogue, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Logic and the Workings of the Mind from Ramus to Kant, Sites of Vision: The Discursive Construction of Vision in the History of Philosophy, Studies in Seventeenth-Century European Philosophy,  The History of Islamic Philosophy, Berkeley's Metaphysics: Structural, Interpretive, and Critical Essays, The Cambridge Companion to Leibniz,  Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie,  Canadian Journal of Philosophy, History of Philosophy Quarterly, History of European Ideas  Causation in Early Modern Philosophy, Studia Leibnitiana and other journals. She has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


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