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Thinking about ThinkingWhat Kind of Conversation is Philosophy?$
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Adriaan T. Peperzak

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240173

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240173.001.0001

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On the Unity of Thematic Philosophy and the History of Thought

On the Unity of Thematic Philosophy and the History of Thought

(p.22) Two On the Unity of Thematic Philosophy and the History of Thought
Thinking about Thinking

Adriaan T. Peperazak

Fordham University Press

Some decades ago, the very complete bibliographic Repertorium of the Revue Philosophique de Louvain listed more than two-thirds of all recent publications in philosophy as dedicated to historical subjects and less than one-third to thematic ones. The proportions might have changed, but the production of studies in the history of philosophy is still abundant, especially in “continental” philosophy. There are, however, many among the faculty who think that the history of thought has little to do with the task of an authentic philosopher. They restrict the past of philosophy to a mere preparation that—like the past of physics or biology—is overcome by today's thematic philosophy. The discursivity of human thought imposes a temporal structure on the cogitation of every Ego. If philosophy is an ongoing debate among living and dead individuals, dialogue is its dominant structure.

Keywords:   history of philosophy, thought, thematic philosophy, dialogue, Ego

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