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dc.contributor.authorQueloz, Matthieu
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-29T02:03:49Z
dc.date.available2021-04-29T02:03:49Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.submitted2021-04-28T10:02:37Z
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/48447
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/68228
dc.description.abstractWhy did such highly abstract ideas as truth, knowledge, or justice become so important to us? What was the point of coming to think in these terms? In The Practical Origins of Ideas, Matthieu Queloz presents a philosophical method designed to answer such questions: the method of pragmatic genealogy. Pragmatic genealogies are partly fictional, partly historical narratives exploring what might have driven us to develop certain ideas in order to discover what these do for us. The book uncovers an under-appreciated tradition of pragmatic genealogy which cuts across the analytic–continental divide, running from the state-of-nature stories of David Hume and the early genealogies of Friedrich Nietzsche to recent work in analytic philosophy by Edward Craig, Bernard Williams, and Miranda Fricker. However, these genealogies combine fictionalizing and historicizing in ways that even philosophers sympathetic to the use of state-of-nature fictions or real history have found puzzling. To make sense of why both fictionalizing and historicizing are called for, the book offers a systematic account of pragmatic genealogies as dynamic models serving to reverse-engineer the points of ideas in relation not only to near-universal human needs, but also to socio-historically situated needs. This allows the method to offer us explanation without reduction and to help us understand what led our ideas to shed the traces of their practical origins. Far from being normatively inert, moreover, pragmatic genealogy can affect the space of reasons, guiding attempts to improve our conceptual repertoire by helping us determine whether and when our ideas are worth having.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HP Philosophy::HPK Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HP Philosophy::HPM Philosophy of mind
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HP Philosophy
dc.subject.otherconcepts, genealogy, pragmatism, state of nature, history, David Hume, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edward Craig, Bernard Williams, Miranda Fricker
dc.titleThe Practical Origins of Ideas
dc.title.alternativeGenealogy as Conceptual Reverse-Engineering
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.1093/oso/9780198868705.001.0001
oapen.relation.isPublishedBydb4e319f-ca9f-449a-bcf2-37d7c6f885b1
oapen.relation.isbn9780198868705
oapen.pages304
oapen.place.publicationOxford


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