Outline and Concept

The journal intends to provide a forum for articles in which classical philosophical texts are interpreted by drawing on the resources of logical analysis. By implementing logical analysis as an instrument of interpretation, the interpretive focus shifts from the more common, purely exegetical approach towards a given text to the systematic reconstruction of a theory that concerns the pertinent issues discussed. Characteristically, such a reconstruction establishes plausible interpretive criteria, which make it possible to ascribe to the author a systematic theory. Such a theory can then be carefully elucidated and developed further. In this way, novel questions can be put to an author, and profitably pursued within the framework of the established logical reconstruction. On the whole, this approach promises to shed new light on classical texts, making them even more fruitful in dealing with the controversial issues of modern philosophy.

 

 

Comments

“The authors of these papers achieve in them a consistently high standard of scholarship, analysis and argument. All the papers are of the greatest philosophical interest, and promise well for the future of the journal.” Peter F. Strawson †, University of Oxford

“The launching of a journal on the lines of LAHP/PLA is long overdue. Its thematic focus is set by a highly fruitful style of investigation in the history of philosophy that has now been cultivated with great fertility for several decades, and yet which has never had a vehicle of its own. This unfortunate omission is now happily remedied.” Nicholas Rescher, University of Pittsburgh

This well-planned new journal will stimulate those interested in logical analysis to engage with history, and those with historical interests to engage in logical analysis - to the benefit of both areas. I expect "Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy" to become the leading journal for the publication of such research. Christopher Peacocke, Oxford University