Historiography Course: Philosophy and Its History

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) invite PhD students in philosophy to register for the course “Historiography: Philosophy and Its History” to take place from March to May 2016.

During the course, students will be introduced to (1) the history of the history of philosophy and (2) a variety of historiographical positions with regard to the study of the history of philosophy. Students will be encouraged to discern, and to form their own opinion on, the following aspects in relation to these themes: (i) the existence and relevance of regional varieties in studying the history of Western philosophy; (ii) the differences and tensions between related areas such as the history of philosophy, the history of ideas, the history of concepts and intellectual history; (iii) the possibility of philosophical falsifications of the intellectual history and the history of ideas; (iv) the existence of a variety of interpretations of what the history of philosophy should be like, e.g. either a scientific form of historical investigation independent of philosophy proper, or a way of dealing with contemporary philosophical issues on the basis of historical examples; (v) the relevance of academic or political contexts on the way in which scholars relate to the history of philosophy.

The course will be offered by a number of historians of philosophy and a number of scholars with a special interest in historiographical questions in relation to philosophy.

More information about course dates and registration can be found here.



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