Issues in the History of Western Philosophy (I)
Concepts & Methods

PHIL 5370 - Course Outlines

Dr. Tze-wan Kwan

   Philosophy Department
The Chinese University of Hong Kong



  1. Text for History of Western Philosophy

    1. Frederick Copleston. S.J., A History of Philosophy, in 8 volumes (New York: Image Books, 1964)
    2. Wilhelm Windelband, History of Philosophy : with especial reference to the formation and development of its problems and conceptions. (Lehrbuch der Geschichte der Philosophie) (New York: Dover, 1905)
    3. Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy and its Connection with Political and Social Circumstances from the Earliest Times to the Present Day (London: Allen & Unwin, 1946, 1961)
    4. François Châtelet, (ed.) Geschichte der Philosophie (Histoire de la philosophie). Translated into German (Frankfurt/Main: Ullstein, 1974)
    5. Eduard Zeller, Grundriss der Geschichte der griechischen Philosophie. English. Outlines of the history of Greek philosophy. 13th ed., rev. by Wilhelm Nestle and translated by L. R. Palmer (New York : Meridian Books, 1955)
    6. Julian Marias, History of Philosophy. transl. from the Spanish by Stanley Appelbaum and Clarence C. Strowbridge (New York: Dover, 1967).
    7. Karl Vorländer, Geschichte der Philosophie, 2 Bänder. (Leipzig: Felix Meiner, 1911).
    8. Geschichte der Philosophie in Text und Darstellung, hrsg. von Rüdiger Bubner, 8 Bände (Stuttgart: Reclam, 1995).

  2. Other related references

    1. Ernst Bloch, Zwischenwelten in der Philosophiegeschichte (Stuttgart: Suhrkamp, 1977)
    2. Ernst Bloch, Neuzeitliche Philosophie (Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp, 1985)
    3. Ernst Cassirer, Das Erkenntnisproblem in der Philosophie und Wissenschaft der neueren Zeit. 4 Bände (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1973 - 1974; Reprint of 2nd edition), [Written between 1906 & 1941].
    4. Randall Collins, The Sociology of Philosophies : a Global Theory of Intellectual Change (Cambridge/Mass.:Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998)
    5. Hermann Diels und Walther Kranz, Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker. 3 Bände (Zurich/Hildesheim: Weidmann, 1989-1990). Nachdruck der 6.Auflage von 1951-52. The monumental Diels-Kranz edition has been partially translated into English by Kathleen Freeman. See her Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1962).
    6. Rudolf Eucken, "Metaphors and Similes in Kant's Philosophy", Collected Essays of Rudolf Eucken (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914), pp. 237-268.
    7. Heinz Heimsoeth, Die Methode der Erkenntnis bei Descartes und Leibniz (Giessen: Verlag von Alfred Töpelmann, 1912-14)
    8. Heinz Heimsoeth, Studien zur Philosophiegeschichte. Kant-Studien Ergänzungsheft, Nr. 82 (Köln: Kölner Universität-Verlag, 1961).
    9. Heinz Heimsoeth, Die sechs großen Themen der abendländischen Metaphysik (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1981). Now also in English: The Six Great Themes of Western Metaphysics and the End of the Middle Ages (Wayne State University Press, 1994)
    10. Elmar Holenstein, Philosophie-Atlas: Orte und Wege des Denkens (Zürich: Ammann Verlag, 2004).
    11. Richard Kroner, Von Kant bis Hegel. 2. Auflage (Tübingen: Mohr- P. Siebeck, 1961).
    12. Richard Kroner, Speculation and revelation in modern philosophy. (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1961).
    13. Ludwig Landgrebe, "Wilhelm Diltheys Theorie der Geisteswissenschaften: Analyse ihrer Grundbegriffe." In Jahrbuch fur Philosophie und phanomenologische Forschung. Edited by E. Husserl, et. al. Halle: M. Niemeyer
    14. Ludwig Landgrebe, "Phenomenology as transcendental Theory of history" in Husserl: Expositions and Appraisals. Edited by Frederick Elliston and Peter McCormick (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1977), pp. 101-13.
    15. Karl Löwith, From Hegel to Nietzsche : the Revolution in nineteenth-century Thought. Translated from the German by D.E. Green (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1964)
    16. Otto Gerhard Oexle, Das Problem der Problemgeschichte, 1880-1932 (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2001)
    17. John C. Plott with James Michael Dolin, Global History of Philosophy (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1980).
    18. Otto Pöggeler (ed.), Hegel: Einführung in seine Philosophie. In Zusammenarbeit mit Manfred Baum ... [et al.] (Freiburg [Breisgau]/München: Alber, 1977)
    19. Joachim Ritter und Karlfried Gründer (ed.), Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie (Basel: Schwabe, 1985ff)
    20. R. Rorty, J.B. Schneewind, Quentin Skinner (eds), Philosophy in History: Essays on the Historiography of Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984)
    21. Hans Jörg Sandkühler (ed.), Geschichtlichkeit der Philosophie: Theorie, Methodologie und Methode der Historiographie der Philosophie (Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, 1991)
    22. Hans Joachim Störig, Kleine Weltgeschichte der Philosophie in zwei Bänden (Frankfurt am Main: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1981)
    23. Wilhelm Weischedel, Die philosophische Hintertreppe. 5th ed. (München: DTV, 1979).

    24. 關子尹:《從哲學的觀點看》 [From a Philosophical Point of View]. 滄海叢刊 book series (台北:三民書局, 1994), 15+340 pages.
    25. 陳天機、許倬雲、關子尹合編:《系統視野與宇宙人生》增訂版。(香港:商務印書館,2002)。 Revised and Enlarged edition. Co-edited by Chen Tien Chi, Hsu Cho-yun and Kwan Tze-wan (Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 2002). Reprint:《系統視野與宇宙人生》。(桂林:廣西師範大學出版社,2004.5)。 (Gueilin: Guangxi Normal University Press, 2004.5).
    26. 關子尹:《語默無常-尋找定向中的哲學反思》[Articulation-cum-Silence: In Search of a Philosophy of Orientation].(香港:牛津大學出版社,2008)。(Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2008)。增訂重校簡體字版 (北京:北京大學出版社,2009.12)(Chinese)
    27. 關子尹:『康德與現象學傳統-有關主體性哲學的一點思考』 [Kant and Phenomenology: Some Reflections on the Philosophy of Subjectivity], presented in the Sixth Conference of the Society of Chinese Phenomenology, Beijing, October 16-19, 1999. Published in the series 《中國現象學與哲學評論》,第四輯 (上海:上海譯文出版社, 2001), pp. 141-184.
    28. 關子尹:『人文科學與歷史性--海德格與西方人文傳統的自我定位』(The Human Sciences and Historicality: Heidegger and the Self-Positioning of the Western Humanistic Tradition). Presented at the Seminar on Phenomenology and the Human Sciences, Hong Kong, October 10, 1998. Now published in 《現象學與人文科學》 (Phenomenology & the Human Sciences), Taipei, Vol. 1, 2004.12, pp. 11-50.
    29. 關子尹: 『西方哲學史撰作的分期與標名問題』[Periodization and Nomenclature in the Historiography of Western Philosophy]. Paper presented at the Philosophy Department, Zhongsan University, Guangzhou, China, December 18, 2003. Printed in 《現代哲學》(Xiandai Zhexue), No. 81, (No. 2, 2005) Guangzhou, Zhongshan University, 2005.04, pp. 69-90. Now also available as a chapter in 《語默無常-尋找定向中的哲學反思》, (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 272-320.
    30. 關子尹:『從語詞場域理論看哲學經典的漢語翻譯問題』 [Lexical Field Theory and the Chinese Translation of Philosophical Classics].《現象學與當代哲學》第二期 (Journal of Phenomenology & Contemporary Philosophy), Vol. 2, Taipei, 2008.12, pp. 131-168.
    31. 關子尹:『虛己以遊世──早期希臘哲學的非自然哲學解讀』[Man's Place in Nature: A Non-Physicalistic Reading of Early Greek Philosophy], 《中山大學學報》社會科學版,廣州,2010-4期(總第226期),pp. 124-150。 Journal of Sun Yat-Sen University, Social Science Edition, Guangzhou, 2010, issue 4, pp. 124-150. (Chinese)
      評論見:楊海文著:《希臘哲學破曉時期的人事關懷——關子尹先生〈虛己以遊世——早期希臘哲學的非自然哲學解讀〉编後記》,《社會科學論壇》,石家莊,2010年第16期,第69—75頁,2010年8月20日出版。 (Chinese)
    32. Tze-wan Kwan, "The Human Sciences and Historicality: Heidegger and the Self-Positioning of the Western Humanistic Tradition", Time, Space and Culture, edited by David Carr and C.F. Cheung, Series: Contributions to Phenomenology (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004), pp. 31-55.
    33. Tze-wan Kwan, "The Doctrine of Categories and the Topology of Concern: Prolegomena to an Ontology of Culture", originally a guest lecture in the 1989 Mini-course lecture series, delivered at the Psychology Department, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Thoroughly revised and published in Analecta Husserliana, Vol. 46, Logic of the Living Presence, An oriental-occidental confrontation in phenomenology (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publ., 1995), pp. 243-302. This paper is one of the four articles that sum up to form the entire volume bearing the overall thematic title.
    34. Tze-wan Kwan, "Husserl's Concept of Horizon: An Attempt at Reappraisal", Analecta Husserliana, Vol. 31 (Dordrecht: Reidel/Kluwer, 1990), pp. 361-398. Reprinted in Dermot Moran and Lester Embree (ed.) Phenomenology: Critical Concepts in Philosophy, Vol. 1, Phenomenology: Central Tendencies and Concepts (London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 303-338.
    35. Tze-wan Kwan, "Wilhelm von Humboldt on the Chinese Language - Interpretation and Reconstruction", originally a lecture at the ETH, Zurich, revised and published in Journal of Chinese Linguistics, Vol 29, number 2, Berkeley, June 2001, pp. 169-242.
    36. Tze-wan Kwan, "Subject and Person as two Self-images of Western Man: Some Cross-Cultural Perspectives", paper presented at the international conference "Issues Confronting the Post-European World", a conference dedicated to Jan Patocka (1907-1977) on the occasion of the foundation of the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations (OPO). Held November 6-10, 2002, at the Center for Phenomenological Research Prague at the Charles University and the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Prague. Now available at
    37. Tze-wan Kwan, "Kant's Possible Contribution to Natural Law Debates". in Responsibility and Commitment: Eighteen Essays in Honor of Gerhold K. Becker, (ed.) Tze-wan Kwan (Waldkirch: Edition-Gorz, 2008.7), pp. 197-224.
    38. Tze-wan Kwan, "Hegelian and Heideggerian Tautologies". Paper presented at the Third World Phenomenology Congress, organized by the World Phenomenology Institute. Held August 16-21, 2004, at Wadham College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Published in: Analecta Husserliana, Vol. 88 (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2005), pp. 317-336.
    39. Tze-wan Kwan, "The Role of the Historian of Philosophy: Some Phenomenological Reflections", paper presented at the international conference "Phenomenology & History of Philosophy", Inaugural Conference of the Archive for Phenomenology & Contemporary Philosophy, held January 23-24, 2006, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Pending publication.
    40. Tze-wan Kwan, "Towards a Phenomenology of Pronouns", paper presented at University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland on 17 October 2005, and repeated at Husserl Archief, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, on 26 October 2005. Now published in International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, London: Routledge, June 2007, pp. 267-288.
    41. Tze-wan Kwan, "Intentionality and Religiosity. Religion from a Phenomenological Standpoint", in Husserl's Logical Investigations in the New Century: Western and Chinese Perspectives, ed. Kwok-ying Lau & John J. Drummond. Series: Contributions to Phenomenology, Vol. 55 (Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2007), pp. 83-103.

    Please note that, for a thorough understanding of the history of philosophy, students are always encouraged to go through the original texts of the respective philosophers as much as possible. For more detail information please look up the Philosophy Page of the Humanum Web Site.  Furthermore, an online information platform "CU Philosophy Information Databases (CUPID)" has been made available since summer 2001. Students are encouraged to make good use of the resources put there.

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