Are Ideas Indestructible? Revision and Revival in the History of Thought

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Are any past ideas so obsolete that they could not be revived? Are any present ideas so entrenched that they could not be given up? Do ideas belong to the context of a certain time, so that they could not occur before or after a certain date? If some of our ideas are entrenched, must we view them as the inevitable product of our history, rather than being open to question? If we look at how they were formed, will that show us why we cannot give them up, or will it sometimes reveal to us that they are unjustified?

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This event was on Wed, 16 May 2001

professor richard sorabji fba

Professor Richard Sorabji FBA

Professor of Rhetoric

Professor Richard Sorabji was Professor of Philosophy at King's College London between 1970 and 2000. Before that he was an Associate Professor at Cornell University...

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