What is philosophy of history

Philosophy & History

“History of Philosophy”, “History of Philosophy” or “Philosophy of History”? The naming of this new thematic block leads us to deep philosophical questions and actually requires a preliminary decision on the content, which we expressly want to avoid. In the thematic block "Philosophy & History", a bundle of problems that arise in the field of tension between philosophy and history should be discussed without pre-defining a specific question.

When they think of philosophy, many think of the great philosophers (yes, almost exclusively of men): Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Locke, Hume, Kant ... But then you hear it with Hegel or Marx, at the latest with Heidegger or Wittgenstein mostly on. But what exactly is it that we do when we are interested in their work? Are we driven by a primarily historical or rather a systematic interest in philosophy? The former is often referred to as the "history of philosophy". The question is, for example: "How did people think about this problem in antiquity?" This asks, for example: "Did the ancient philosophers find an answer to this problem that is still interesting today?" But why should we be interested in answers to modern questions that are centuries or even millennia old? Other sciences usually proceed differently. So what is special about philosophy that makes this approach seem meaningful? But one can also ask more fundamentally what “history” actually is and how it is written. These would be questions of the philosophy of history, which also haunted many great philosophers.

All three - "History of Philosophy", "History of Philosophy" and "Philosophy of History" - concern important and difficult questions. Reason enough that the philosophy blog is practically devoted to them in a thematic block. If you have an idea for a contribution, please send us an email! We want to start posting on this topic in May, so it would be good if we received suggestions for posts or elaborated blog posts beforehand.


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