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The Philosophical Papers of Alan Donagan, Volume 1

Historical Understanding and the History of Philosophy

A major voice in late twentieth-century philosophy, Alan Donagan is distinguished for his theories on the history of philosophy and the nature of morality. The Philosophical Papers of Alan Donagan, volumes 1 and 2, collect 28 of Donagan’s most important and best-known essays on historical understanding and ethics from 1957 to 1991.

Volume 1 includes essays on Spinoza, Descartes, Bradley, Collingwood, Russell, Moore, and Popper, as well as two previously unpublished papers on the history of philosophy as a discipline, and on Ryle and Wittgenstein’s nature of philosophy. Linked by Donagan’s commitment to the central importance of history for philosophy and his interest in problems of historical understanding, these essays represent the remarkable scope of Donagan’s thought.

298 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1994

Philosophy: History and Classic Works

Table of Contents

Foreword by Stephen Toulmin
Editor’s Introduction
1. The History of Philosophy as a Discipline (1988)
2. Explanation in History (1957)
3. The Popper-Hempel Theory Reconsidered (1964)
4. Popper’s Examination of Historicism (1974)
5. Descartes’s "Synthetic" Treatment of the Real Distinction between Mind and Body (1978)
6. Spinoza’s Proof of Immortality (1973)
7. Spinoza’s Dualism (1980)
8. Substance, Essence, and Attribute in Spinoza, Ethics, I (1991)
9. Language, Ideas, and Reasoning in Spinoza, Ethics, II (1993)
10. Victorian Philosophical Prose: J. S. Mill and F. H. Bradley (1968)
11. Collingwood and Philosophical Method (1972)
12. Universals and Metaphysical Realism (1963)
13. Wittgenstein on Sensation (1966)
14. Ryle and Wittgenstein on the Nature of Philosophy (1977)

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