Free Inquiry
Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 6

When Philosophy Lost Its Way

Robert Frodeman and Adam Briggle

The history of Western philosophy can be presented in a number of ways. It can be told in terms of periods—ancient, medieval, and modern. We can divide it into rival traditions (empiricism versus rationalism, analytic versus Continental) or into various core areas (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics). It can also, of course, be viewed through the critical lens of gender or racial exclusion, as a discipline almost entirely fashioned for and by white European men.

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