With the unusual clarity, distinctive and engaging style, and penetrating insight that have drawn such a wide range of readers to his work, Ian Hacking here offers his reflections on the philosophical uses of history. The focus of this volume, which collects both recent and now-classic essays, is the historical emergence of concepts and objects, through new uses of words and sentences in specific settings, and new patterns or styles of reasoning within those sentences. In its lucid and thoroughgoing look at the historical dimension of concepts, the book is at once a systematic formulation of Hacking's approach and its relation to other types of intellectual history, and a valuable contribution to philosophical understanding.
Hacking opens the volume with an extended meditation on the philosophical significance of history. The importance of Michel Foucault--for the development of this theme, and for Hacking's own work in intellectual history--emerges in the following chapters, which place Hacking's classic essays on Foucault within the wider context of general reflections on historical methodology. Against this background, Hacking then develops ideas about how language, styles of reasoning, and "psychological" phenomena figure in the articulation of concepts--and in the very prospect of doing philosophy as historical ontology.
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To this collection of 14 essays written between 1973 and 1999 Hacking has added a revision of a hitherto unpublished 1999 lecture that provides a context of some general ideas about the relationship ... Read full review
Two Kinds of New Historicism for Philosophers
The Archaeology of Michel Foucault
Michel Foucaults Immature Science
Making Up People
How Why When and Where Did Language Go Public?
Night Thoughts on Philology
Was There Ever a Radical Mistranslation?