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Historical ontology

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In this text, Ian Hacking offers his reflections on the philosophical uses of history. The focus of this volume, which collects both recent and classic essays, is the historical emergence of concepts and objects, through uses of words and sentences in specific settings, and patterns or styles of reasoning within those sentences. In its lucid and thoroughgoing look at the historical dimension of concepts, the book is at once a systematic formulation of Hacking's approach and its relation to other types of intellectual history, and a valuable contribution to philosophical understanding.;Hacking opens the volume with an extended meditation on the philosophical significance of history. The importance of Michel Foucault - for the development of this theme, and for Hacking's own work in intellectual history - emerges in the following chapters, which place Hacking's classic essays on Foucault within the wider context of general reflections on historical methodology. Against this background, Hacking then develops ideas about how language, styles of reasoning, and "psychological" phenomena figure in the articulation of concepts - and in the very prospect of doing philosophy as historical ontology.

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Author(s):
Hacking
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Used: very good
Edition:
2002
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
067400616X
ISBN-13:
9780674006164
Number of pages:
279
Publisher:
Harvard University Press

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In this text, Ian Hacking offers his reflections on the philosophical uses of history. The focus of this volume, which collects both recent and classic essays, is the historical emergence of concepts and objects, through uses of words and sentences in specific settings, and patterns or styles of reasoning within those sentences. In its lucid and thoroughgoing look at the historical dimension of concepts, the book is at once a systematic formulation of Hacking's approach and its relation to other types of intellectual history, and a valuable contribution to philosophical understanding.;Hacking opens the volume with an extended meditation on the philosophical significance of history. The importance of Michel Foucault - for the development of this theme, and for Hacking's own work in intellectual history - emerges in the following chapters, which place Hacking's classic essays on Foucault within the wider context of general reflections on historical methodology. Against this background, Hacking then develops ideas about how language, styles of reasoning, and "psychological" phenomena figure in the articulation of concepts - and in the very prospect of doing philosophy as historical ontology.

Author(s):
Hacking
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2002
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
067400616X
ISBN-13:
9780674006164
Number of pages:
279
Publisher:
Harvard University Press

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