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Single Idea 19579

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / C. History of Philosophy / 1. History of Philosophy]

Full Idea

The history of philosophy up to now is nothing but a history of attempts to discover how to do philosophy.

Gist of Idea

The history of philosophy is just experiments in how to do philosophy


Novalis (Logological Fragments I [1798], 01)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.47

A Reaction

I take post-Fregean analytic metaphysics to be another experiment in how to do philosophy. I suspect that the experiment of Husserl, Heidegger, Derrida etc has been a failure.

Related Idea

Idea 19583 Philosophy only begins when it studies itself [Novalis]