Philosophers’ attitudes toward the history of philosophy are mixed. Regardless, likely all philosophers interact with the history of philosophy through research, teaching, or professional life. How should they approach it? I answer by analyzing the notion of ‘history of philosophy’. I then consider prominent recent answers given by others converging with mine. I conclude that (as long as they are clear on their approach) philosophers should be guided by preference and project to approach the history of philosophy by emphasizing history, philosophy, something intermediate, or both.
It is now almost five years since I was appointed as editor-in-chief of Journal of the Philosophy of History (my first issue was Issue 2 of 2017). While it has been an absolute privilege to work in this role, and often a pleasure too, it is time for me to move on – to make space for future generations, and fresh ideas.
Now is also an excellent opportunity to take stock of what we have published and achieved at large during these almost five years. To start with, we have produced guest-edited special issues on R.