Historiography, Philosophy of History and the Historical Turn in Analytic Philosophy

Michael Beaney*

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This article has three main interconnected aims. First, I illustrate the historiographical conceptions of three early analytic philosophers: Frege, Russell and Wittgenstein. Second, I consider some of the historiographical debates that have been generated by the recent historical turn in analytic philosophy, looking at the work of Scott Soames and Hans-Johann Glock, in particular. Third, I discuss Arthur Danto’s Analytic Philosophy of History, published 50 years ago, and argue for a reinvigorated analytic philosophy of history.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211–234
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of the Philosophy of History
Issue number2
Early online date17 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2016


  • historiography of analytic philosophy
  • historical turn in analytic philosophy
  • analytic philosophy of history
  • Frege
  • Russell
  • Wittgenstein
  • Danto


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