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Some themeslocked

  • Edward Craig

Abstract

To what extent can a question be legitimately considered in abstraction from the historical contexts in which it was raised? ‘Some themes’ considers this question by examining a number of general ideas such as ethical consequentialism, integrity, political authority, rationality, and the self. Could Plato and Hobbes, 2,000 years apart, have been pondering on the same questions? Could a philosopher today be asking the same questions about the self as Hume, the Buddhists, or Plato? Is philosophy timeless? That view isn't popular as all thought should be situated to particular historical, social, and cultural circumstances. Perhaps the reality is somewhere between the two. The literature of philosophy is vast, the range of themes it deals with is not.

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