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By Carl Page

The contemporary emergence, between philosophers, of the view that the task of human cause in all its attainable modes also needs to be historicized, together with the task of philosophizing itself, could be present in writers as different as Hans-Georg Gadamer, Richard Rorty, Michel Foucault, and Alasdair MacIntyre. this modern view of human cause contrasts with the conventional commitments of "First Philosophy," Aristotle's identify for the information of items via their final explanations and ideas. This ebook demanding situations the existing historicist orthodoxies concerning the nature of cause and philosophy and provides the 1st complete research and critique of historicism in its present philosophical shape.

Can philosophical historicism quite justify the translation of human cause on which its personal objections to First Philosophy are established? whereas Carl web page finally concludes that it can't, he additionally seeks to rehabilitate historicism's motivating insights through displaying how they derive from questions Hegel and Heidegger raised approximately reason's relation to history.

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