A Moderate Logic of the History of Ideas


Mark Bevir’s impressive theory of the logic of the history of ideas continues to attract readers and to irritate many theorists. This article has two purposes. One is to present the modified version, in which the focus will be on some major elements of Bevir’s theory. The concepts that he introduced from analytic philosophy did not always fit perfectly with the ones used from continental philosophy. In contrast with those critics who think that his borrowings from analytic philosophy damage his theory, I think that it will benefit by adding more. The other purpose of this article is to answer some of the most prominent criticisms of Bevir’s theory.