Friday, April 22, 2016

"To Make Philosophy Historical and to Render History Philosophical"

"Harris's study cumulatively demonstrates how Hume brought history and philosophy together. Since philosophy is powerless to prescribe the terms of its application, to be effective it has to understand the world in which it operates. More recent developments in Anglo-American thought have tended to withdraw from practical analysis into speculative accounts of ideal value. This has resulted in a species of political philosophy that has lost any grasp of the social world on which it pretends to reflect."

Richard Bourke in The Nation reviews James Harris's Hume: An Intellectual Biography.

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