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Pluralizing Philosophy’s Past

New Reflections in the History of Philosophy

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  • Advances the project of radically pluralizing the history of ideas
  • Offers a substantive corrective to the marginalization of certain voices
  • Offers suggestions for further reading and incorporating into the philosophy classroom

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About this book

This collection of 15 accessible essays on neglected philosophical figures and traditions aims to provide readers with concrete access points to less familiar philosophical sources and methods. Showcasing the latest research by both up-and-coming and well-established scholars, each essay focuses on a particular topic relevant to the pluralization of the history of philosophy and offers advice for incorporating the figure, theme, or approach into the philosophy classroom.

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“In this fascinating new anthology, Griffioen and Backmann subvert the familiar story of the history of philosophy, collecting papers that challenge convention on every side. The papers they collect do more than add just a few fresh names to the old narrative. They seek to explode that narrative entirely, rethinking not just who counts as a philosopher but also what kinds of discourse gets allowed into the philosophy classroom.” (Robert Pasnau, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)

“Pluralizing Philosophy’s Past will play a pivotal role as the discipline navigates how to diversify and make more inclusive the way we understand the history of philosophical inquiry. This wide-ranging collection will challenge many historians of philosophy to come to terms with who has been omitted from the history of philosophy as it has been told, to bring those blind spots into view, and to help us all to write more inclusive histories of philosophy.” (Lisa Shapiro, Professor of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University, Canada)

“This collection of papers is a fertile source of ideas for diversifying both research and teaching in philosophy. It has the potential to help any open-minded reader to adopt a broader, and ultimately more interesting, view of the subject.” ( Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, China

    Amber L. Griffioen

  • Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

    Marius Backmann

About the editors

Amber L. Griffioen works on topics in philosophy of religion, practical and social philosophy, history of philosophy, and philosophy of sport. She is the author of a short book on religious experience, and her current historical research explores the epistemological legacy of medieval devotional and confessional literature.

Marius Backmann is a fellow in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. His work focuses on philosophy of time, free will, laws of nature, attempts to solve the problem of induction, and the epistemology of randomized clinical trials.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Pluralizing Philosophy’s Past

  • Book Subtitle: New Reflections in the History of Philosophy

  • Editors: Amber L. Griffioen, Marius Backmann

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13404-3Published: 22 March 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13407-4Published: 23 March 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-13405-0Published: 21 March 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 262

  • Topics: Philosophical Traditions, Comparative Religion, Intellectual Studies

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