Daniel Stoljar: "Philosophy as Synchronic History"
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Daniel Stoljar, Australian National University: "Philosophy as Synchronic History"
Bernard Williams argues in several places that philosophy is in some deep way akin to history. This paper explores and defends the Williams thesis—though in a way anathema to Williams himself. In particular, I argue that an account of causal explanation suggested by David Lewis may be modified to bring out what is plausible and what is not in what Williams says. I end by pointing out a consequence of the Williams thesis so understood for the question of philosophical progress.