On the Unity of Thematic Philosophy and the History of Thought

Adriaan T. Peperazak

in Thinking about Thinking

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823240173
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240210 | DOI:
On the Unity of Thematic Philosophy and the History of Thought

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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

Chapter.  5470 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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