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N.2/2020 Filosofia e storia: una relazione ancora possibile?

Il codino di Münchhausen Sul rapporto della filosofia con la storia

Andrea Tagliapietra

(Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele di Milano)

Published in December, 2020

Münchhausen’s pigtail. On the relation between philosophy and history.



The starting point of this essay will be the questioning of the thesis that historical knowledge is unable to complement scientific knowledge and to foster the awareness scientists have of their work. The article will discuss the position adopted, especially in the past, by analytical philosophers according to which the history of philosophy is not philosophy. The focus will be on the possible meta-philosophical, that is on the historical, cultural, and ideological, reasons which motivate this exclusion. Symmetrically, the essay will discuss whether and how the history of philosophy can properly be understood as “history”. Finally, the article will outline the particular relationship between the history of ideas on the one hand and philosophy and history on the other.


history of sciences, analytical philosophy, history of philosophy, phi- losophy, Philosophology, history, history of ideas.


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