Is the History of Philosophy Philosophy?

Review of Metaphysics 42 (3):463 - 482 (1989)

Philosophical reflection claims a permanent quality that makes the knowledge of its past a vital concern to present philosophy. Yet each system, Being culturally conditioned, Belongs to a particular epoch. The permanence of the time-Bound can be explained only if the succession of history itself possesses an ontological significance that survives the passing of culture. This in turn presupposes the existence of genuine ontological novelty. The history of philosophy shows how the "new" introduced by each epoch acquires a permanent, Ontological meaning in philosophical reflection
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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