The history of philosophy is the study of philosophical ideas and concepts through time. Issues specifically related to history of philosophy might include (but are not limited to): How can changes in philosophy be accounted for historically? What drives the development of thought in its historical context? To what degree can philosophical texts from prior historical eras even be understood today?
All cultures — be they prehistoric, medieval, or modern; Eastern, Western, religious or secular — have had their own unique schools of philosophy, arrived at through both inheritance and through independent discovery. Such theories have grown from different premises and approaches, examples of which include (but are not limited to) rationalism (theories arrived at through logic), empiricism (theories arrived at through observation), and even through leaps of faith, hope and inheritance (such as the supernaturalist philosophies and religions).
History of philosophy seeks to catalogue and classify such development. The goal is to understand the development of philosophical ideas through time.
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... Russon is also known as a scholar of ancient philosophy, especially for his use of the methods of 20th Century European philosophy (phenomenology ... the growing North American movement to interpret the texts of Greek Philosophy through the lens of Contemporary Continental Philosophy, a movement especially associated with the Ancient Philosophy Society ...
... and clarity of Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy, whose foreword he composed, as well as a critic of some of its shortcomings, Mosterín has undertaken the ambitious plan ... dealing simultaneously with developments in philosophy, science and ideology ... the series are devoted, for example, to Archaic thought, Aristotle and the philosophy of India ...
... Oxon (1988) (DjVu, etc.) The Main Trends in Philosophy ... A Theoretical Analysis of the History of Philosophy (2nd ed.) Moscow Progress Publishers ISBN 5-01-000506-9 http//su-ltd.mylivepage.ru/file/2715/6529_OizermanT.I.-Main_trends_in_Phi ... translated from Russian by Robert Daglish (1973) Problems of the History of Philosophy (1st ed.) Moscow Progress Publishers http//leninist.biz/en/1973/PHP462/index.html ...
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