Issues in the History of Western Philosophy
Concepts & Distinctions

PHIL 5370 - Course Outlines (Fall 2022)

Prof. Tze-wan Kwan

   Philosophy Department
The Chinese University of Hong Kong



  1. Text for History of Western Philosophy

    1. Frederick Copleston. SJ, A History of Philosophy, in 8 vol. (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, 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 U 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)
    27. 關子尹:《徘徊於天人之際——海德格的哲學思路》(The Way betwixt Being and Man: On Heidegger's Philosophical Detours) ,(臺北市:聯經出版社,2021年7月初版一刷,9月二刷 ),ISBN: 978-957-08-5829-7。
    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). 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.
    32. 關子尹:『漢字六書學說的現象學詮釋』,《漢學研究》33卷2期 (2015),頁49-102。
    33. 關子尹:『萊布尼茲——哲學家、文藝復興人與世界公民』,《萊布尼茲與牛頓》,清華通識人物演講系列合集,(新竹:國立清華大學通識教育中心,2022),pp. 88-129。
    34. 〈希臘悲劇與哀樂人生〉,《厚積薄發:通識沙龍文集》,香港中文大學通識教育中心通識沙龍系列,2022.08, pp. 185ff 。
    35. 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.
    36. 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.
    37. 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.
    38. 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.
    39. 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
    40. 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.
    41. 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.
    42. Tze-wan Kwan, "Towards a Phenomenology of Pronouns", paper presented at University College Dublin, Ireland on 17 October 2005, repeated at Husserl Archief, Katholieke Universiteit 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.
    43. 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.
    44. Tze-wan Kwan, “Philosophia in Sensu Cosmico: Kant’s Notion of Philosophy with Resonance from Chinese Antiquity”, Kant on Intuition: Western and Asian Perspectives on Transcendental Idealism, (ed.) Stephen R. Palmquist (London: Routledge, 2018), 219-237.
    45. Tze-wan Kwan, “On the Fourfold Root of the Notion of ‘Being’ in Chinese Language and Script”, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 44(3-4), 2017/2018, pp. 212-229.
    46. Tze-wan Kwan, “Philosophia in Sensu Cosmico: Kant’s Notion of Philosophy with Resonance from Chinese Antiquity”, Kant on Intuition: Western and Asian Perspectives on Transcendental Idealism (ed.) Stephen R. Palmquist (London: Routledge, 2018), 219-237.
    47. Tze-wan Kwan, “On the Fourfold Root of the Notion of ‘Being’ in Chinese Language and Script”, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 44(3-4), 2017/2018, pp. 212-229.

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