Faculty of Social Sciences

Daniel Stoljar: "Philosophy as Synchronic History"

  • Date: 18 April, 19:00–21:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng2-1077
  • Organiser: The Philosophical Society in Uppsala
  • Contact person: Sebastian Lutz
  • Föreläsning

The Philosophical Society in Uppsala

Daniel Stoljar, Australian National University: "Philosophy as Synchronic History"


Abstract
Bernard Williams argues in several places that philosophy is in some deep way akin to history. This paper explores and defends the Williams thesis—though in a way anathema to Williams himself. In particular, I argue that an account of causal explanation suggested by David Lewis may be modified to bring out what is plausible and what is not in what Williams says. I end by pointing out a consequence of the Williams thesis so understood for the question of philosophical progress.