Thinking through History

Location: School of Philosophy, University of Leeds

Dates: Tuesday 31 March - Thursday 2 April 1998

Organisers: Dr Michael Beaney and Dr Adrian Wilson

About this Conference

This conference addressed some of the philosophical issues that arise concerning the interrelationships between philosophy and history. More specifically, as reflected in the meanings of the title, the aim of the conference was to explore, firstly, the ways that forms of thinking and writing have developed through time; secondly, how 'history' is to be conceptualized and articulated; and thirdly, the question as to what 'thinking historically' might mean, and its importance in the practices of philosophy, history and other disciplines.

Conference Programme

Tuesday 31 March 1998

12.00 - 2.00 Registration: Gillinson Room (G06), School of Philosophy, Michael Sadler Building

2.00 - 3.00 Opening Address: Room LG15, Michael Sadler Building

  • Richard Campbell: 'The Covert Metaphysics of the Clash between "Analytic" and "Continental" Philosophy'

Chair: Stuart Brown

3.00 - 3.30 Tea: School of Philosophy Foyer

3.30 - 5.00 Firing the Canons: Uses and Abuses of Descartes and Hume: Room LG15

  • Tom Sorell: 'Excusable Caricature and Philosophical Relevance: The Case of Descartes'
  • Marina Frasca Spada: 'Hume's A Priori and the Canon(s) of Philosophy'

Chair: Peter Millican

5.30 - 7.00 History of Philosophy: Thinking Back and Thinking Ahead: Room LG15

  • Andrew Bowie: 'The History of Philosophy as Philosophy: Neurath, the Frankfurt School and Heidegger'
  • Jonathan Ree: 'History of Philosophy in the Future'

Chair: John Rogers

7.00 - 8.00 Sherry Reception hosted by the School of Philosophy

8.00 Conference Dinner: Great Woodhouse Room, University House

8.00 - 11.00 Bar open: Little Woodhouse Room, University House

Wednesday 1 April 1998

9.00 - 10.45 Parallel Session

(A) Relativism and Indeterminacy: Room LG15

  • Christopher Norris: 'Quantum Theory, Anti-Realism and Historical Understanding'
  • Keith Jenkins: 'Living in Time but outside History, Living in Morality but outside Ethics: Postmodernism and Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth'

(B) Historiography and the Role of Ideas: Room LG19

  • Scott Mandelbrote: 'Ideas as Historical Actors'
  • Susan Khinzaw: 'Burckhardt's Historiography'

10.45 - 11.15 Coffee: School of Philosophy Foyer

11.15 - 1.00 Parallel Session

(A) Metaphor in History: Room LG15

  • Roger White: 'Metaphorical Meanings, Common Sense and History'
  • Alun Munslow: 'The Dynamics of Metaphor: Hayden White and History'

(B) History through the H's: Room LG19

  • Sandra Lapointe: 'Husserl on History'
  • Gordon Hull: 'Historicity, Contexture and Chairman Mao: Rethinking Historicity and Necessity'
  • James Lund: 'History and Philosophy: Past and Present'

1.00 - 2.00 Buffet Lunch: School of Philosophy Foyer

2.15 - 4.00 Parallel Session

(A) Aristotle, Analysis and Analytic Philosophy: Room LG15

  • Patrick Byrne: 'Aristotle and Analysis'
  • Mike Beaney: 'Analysis and Analytic Philosophy: An Aristotelian Approach'

(B) The Ideas of Collingwood: Room LG19

  • James Connelly: 'Collingwood's "Can Historians be Impartial?"'
  • Josie D'Oro: 'Collingwood and Historical Understanding'

4.00 - 4.45 Tea: School of Philosophy Foyer

4.45 - 6.15 Parallel Session

(A) Changing Thinking: Room LG15

  • Margaret Atherton: 'Thinking through the History of the Sensation/Perception Distinction'
  • Anna Maidens: 'Can Inference to the Best Explanation be applied to Natural Philosophy?'

(B) What was History? History and Postmodernism: Room LG19

  • Avi Tucker: 'Can Narrativism survive the fall of Positivism?'
  • Adrian Wilson: 'Emplotments of History's History'

6.15 Rendezvous for dinner: School of Philosophy Foyer

6.30 - Dinner at a choice of local restaurants

8.30 BSHP AGM: Seminar Room (G17), School of Philosophy

Thursday 2 April 1998

9.00 - 10.45 Contextualizing Thinking: Parkinson Building, Room P108

  • Martin Kusch: 'Thoughts and Beliefs: The Confessional Divide and the Psychology of Thought in Early Twentieth-Century Germany'
  • Volker Peckhaus: 'Beliefs or Politics? On the Limits of a Social History of Philosophy'

Chair: Jonathan Hodge

10.45 - 11.15 Coffee: School of Philosophy Foyer

11.15 - 1.00 Ethics, Truth and History: Parkinson Building, Room P108

  • Séan Burke: 'The Aesthetic, the Cognitive and the Ethical: Plato and the Ethics of Discursive Reception'
  • Peter Simons: 'The Truth in History and the History in Truth'

Chair: Richard Campbell

1.00 Conference Ends