THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY AND THE PERSONA OF THE PHILOSOPHER 1
|IAN HUNTER a1|
a1 Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland
Although history is the pre-eminent part of the gallant sciences, philosophers advise against it from fear that it might completely destroy the kingdom of darkness—that is, scholastic philosophy—which previously has been wrongly held to be a necessary instrument of theology.
(Published Online October 4 2007)
1 This paper draws on a larger collaborative project on the persona of the philosopher in early modern Europe. Funded by the Australian Research Council, this project is being undertaken with Conal Condren and Stephen Gaukroger, and its first results have been published in C. Condren, S. Gaukroger, and I. Hunter, eds., The
Identity (Cambridge, 2006). I am grateful to my collaborators for all that I have learned from them and for their commentary on this paper, which builds on our joint introduction to the edited volume. The paper has also benefited from comments by Knud Haakonssen, Peter Harrison, Jeffrey Minson, Calvin Normore, John Pocock, Quentin Skinner, the editors of Modern
History, and colleagues in the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland.