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Reviving analytical philosophy of history

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A call to revive philosophy of history will, I expect, quickly prompt at least the following two questions: first, what exactly would this revival revive; and, second, why bother? My primary concern will be to outline where certain key issues now stand with regard to the first question, i.e., with an aim to identifying those aspects within philosophy of history that both merit and demand renewed philosophical consideration. Specifically, I focus on those features that make historical explanation distinctive and yet belonging on any satisfactory catalogue of explanatory strategies. I conclude with two examples meant to illustrate how an answer to the first question answers as well the second. In this case, it does so by suggesting how our professional lives exist enmeshed in agendas set by historical narratives.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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