Talk at the Philosophical Society
- Date: 18 April, 19:00–21:00
- Location: Engelska parken Eng2-1077
- Lecturer: Daniel Stoljar
- Organiser: The Philosophical Society
- Contact person: Sebastian Lutz
- Phone: +46 79 038 07 79
Using a specific account of causal explanation, Daniel Stoljar argues that philosophy is in some deep way akin to history and that this has an important consequence for the question of philosophical progress.
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.