[hist-analytic] The History of Analytic Philosophy -- of History
Jlsperanza at aol.com
Jlsperanza at aol.com
Mon Jun 22 09:51:20 EDT 2009
>I had no idea I would be putting [Dray's] book [Laws and Explanation in
History, 1957] up.
>It occurred to me that a lot of the issues related explaining human
>action "fit" some of the arguments that go back to problems
>related to the covering law model.
And it was a good idea, even if you did not have it. Of course you did.
Anyway, the OED credits Dray four times in the OED, and guess who I think
may have been responsible (R. H.)
"1967 W. H. DRAY in P. Edwards Encycl. Philos. VI. 252/1
"Few philosophers of history can be classified without qualification
as linear, cyclical, or chaos theorists."
I think in this case, if R. Hall it was, it was the motto, "Look for
extra-ordinary words": linear, cyclical, or chaos'.
I think St. Augustine was _linear_.
Nietzsche (and Empedocles) whom Borges loved -- doctrine of the eternal
was cyclical. Being an Atheist, Borges was fascinated by the cycle where
Jesus Christ is crucified _ad aeternum_.
Ovid could be 'chaos': his account of the creation of the world out of mud
---- That encyclopaedia by Edwards is a masterpiece. I have found quotes on
Grice (e.g. his "Metaphysics" in Pears 1957 -- not cited elsewhere --
Hamlyn, "Metaphysics" entry--. Also good stuff on Grice on personal identity
(before Perry had compiled it for his book).
The second cite is under
reconstructionist, n. and adj. riven in W. H. Dray Philos. Analysis &
Hist. 255 T
This is more of a reference to Scriven (who has scriven this -- without
1966 M. SCRIVEN in W. H. Dray Philos. Analysis & Hist. 255 The difference
between this analysis and the reconstructionist approach.
The third quote is under
In this case it's Berlin -- who without Dray not:
1960 I. BERLIN in W. H. Dray Philos. Analysis & Hist. (1966) 13
"In the case of an historical study, retrodictionfilling in gaps in the
past for which no direct testimony exists with the aid of extrapolation
performed according to relevant rules or laws."
Finally, but there's _Mailto:oed3 at oup.co.uk_ (mailto:oed3 at oup.co.uk) --
since this is an open-ended thing: the history of the English language!
it's a genial quote:
1964 W. H. DRAY Philos. Hist. 53
"The willingness of the revisionists to apportion blame, however, does
not signalize a return to the sectional type of partisanship."
J. L. Speranza
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