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Keywords:

  • Buchdahl;
  • Cambridge;
  • empirical philosophy;
  • Foucault;
  • Keynes;
  • Kuhn;
  • moral sciences;
  • paradox;
  • Poincaré;
  • Popper;
  • psychoanalysis

Abstract

In this article, principally through autobiographical remarks, some observations concerning philosophical temperament are made, the example of Gerd Buchdahl as a textual interpreter of classic philosophical texts is invoked, and the position of philosophy in relation to history of science is explored, in particular in the work of Kuhn and Foucault. The article concludes with a reminder of the overall history of philosophy at Cambridge through a discussion of the history of the moral sciences.