Metaphilosophy 48 (1-2):3-24 (2017)

Authors
Bob Plant
University of Aberdeen (PhD)
Abstract
This article argues for four interrelated claims: Metaphilosophy is not one sub-discipline of philosophy, nor is it restricted to questions of methodology. Rather, metaphilosophical inquiry encompasses the general background conditions of philosophical practice. These background conditions are of various sorts, not only those routinely considered “philosophical” but also those considered biographical, historical, and sociological. Accordingly, we should be wary of the customary distinction between what is proper and merely contingent to philosophy. “What is philosophy?” is best understood as a practical question concerning how members of different philosophical sub-communities identify what is pertinent to their respective activities and self-conceptions. Given –, understanding what philosophy is requires us to take more seriously the social-institutional dimension of contemporary philosophical practice.
Keywords community  integrity  institutions  style  background  professionalization
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/meta.12228
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,172
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Consequences of Pragmatism.Richard Rorty - 1984 - Erkenntnis 21 (3):423-431.
Belief in the Face of Controversy.Hilary Kornblith - 2010 - In Richard Feldman & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Disagreement. Oxford University Press.
Philosophy Inside Out.Philip Kitcher - 2011 - Metaphilosophy 42 (3):248-260.
Advice to Christian Philosophers.Alvin Plantinga - 1984 - Faith and Philosophy 1 (3):253-271.
Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature.Robert Schwartz - 1983 - Journal of Philosophy 80 (1):51-67.

View all 28 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Kant’s Metaphilosophy.Michael Lewin - 2021 - Open Philosophy 4 (1):292-310.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Metaphilosophy.Yuri Cath - 2011 - Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy.
Philosophical Diversity and Disagreement.Bob Plant - 2012 - Metaphilosophy 43 (5):567-591.
How “Intuition” Exploded.James Andow - 2015 - Metaphilosophy 46 (2):189-212.
Myriad Philosophical Methodologies.Penelope A. Rush - 2016 - Metaphilosophy 47 (4-5):679-695.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-01-16

Total views
59 ( #194,784 of 2,517,893 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #206,126 of 2,517,893 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes