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Philosophy - History of Philosophy
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Part of Philosophy:

1. The Basic Questions

2. History of Philosophy

The history of philosophy and its meaning are themselves philosophical problems. In earlier times, it was mainly seen as the various solutions which could be given to the same problems. The registration of such opinions, “doxography”, is best known from the relatively late work of Diogenes Laertius (Lives of the Philosophers, 3rd century A.D.; Theophrastus [4th century B.C.] had also collected the φυσιϰαί δόξαι, Doctrines of the Physicists, preserved in frg.). Doxography could be made to serve systematic …

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Richard Schaeffler, “Philosophy - History of Philosophy”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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