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With the unusual clarity, distinctive and engaging style, and penetrating insight that have drawn such a wide range of readers to his work, Hacking here offers his reflections on the philosophical uses of history. The focus of this volume, which collects both recent and now-classic essays, is the historical emergence of concepts and objects, through new uses of words and sentences in specific settings, and new patterns or styles of reasoning within those sentences.

Historical Ontology 2004, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674016071

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Historical Ontology 2002, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674006164

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