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Maynooth Philosophical Papers

Volume 6, 2011

Gregorio Piaia
Pages 67-73
DOI: 10.5840/mpp201167

What Point is there in Studying the History of Philosophy Today?

Contrary to the opinion that considers the study of the history of philosophy to be useless, or sees it prevalently as subservient to today’s philosophical problems, the author maintains that a formative, not purely informative, insight is to be gained by such a study, because it helps us understand that past theories are something “other” than our contemporary view of man and the world. The history of philosophy thus reveals itself as a valuable tool for broadening and enriching our intellectual – and therefore human – experience, avoiding the risk of intellectual conformism.