Danto’s Dialectic

Philosophia 36 (4):483-493 (2008)

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Adrian Haddock
University of Stirling
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Arthur C. Danto’s Analytical Philosophy of History has a Kantian ambition: to state the conditions that make historical knowledge possible and to show “the unhappy destiny” that attends attempts to extend modes of representation beyond these conditions. Even though Danto’s book fails to achieve this ambition, it succeeds in making a number of important—if neglected—suggestions in the course of its attempt. One concerns the significance of the progressive tense for our thinking about human agency. Another concerns the way agency can impact negatively on the possibility of foreknowledge.
Keywords Arthur C. Danto  Philosophy of history  Critical philosophy  Transcendental Dialectic  Historical knowledge  Narrative sentences  Ideal Chronicle  Action  Progressive tense  Historical foreknowledge
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-008-9157-1
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