Letter from the Editor

            The journal is now in its twelfth year of publication and remains aligned with its original intention, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the history of philosophy, with a special commitment to work in the history of philosophy that arises out of a hermeneutic and continental orientation. Included in the inaugural Villanova issue is an essay by Remi Brague entitled “The History of Philosophy as Freedom.” It is a tone-setting article for what we see as the genuine, original philosophical work that needs to be done through readings of the history of philosophy. I would like to quote the last lines of this article as a motif for the mission of the journal:

Since our identity is mediated and conditioned through the past, we reach ourselves  through history. Thus, history puts ourselves into question and becomes the most dangerous place. History of philosophy may have revolutionary consequences, as far as it destroys this or that fable convenue. History puts us to the test. Historians are not making ‘the leisurely stroll of the pampered owner in the garden of the past;"  rather, they are pathfinders. Today, Socrates would do history.

            Epoché is published twice yearly, in the Fall and Spring.  Spring issues often include a thematic focus, and one issue every two years is devoted to papers selected from the Ancient Philosophy Society meetings.  We are also planning to include in future issues a section of reviews of some of the current books on the history of philosophy.
            We would like to acknowledge here the renowned, international group of scholars who constitute the Board of Editors of Epoché. Their work, along with the work of all those who read and evaluate submissions to the journal, is invaluable to us in our efforts to sustain the commitment to excellence that governed the Journal since its beginning.
            I am delighted to be editor of Epoché as a member of the philosophy department at Villanova University. The declared double emphasis of our graduate program in continental philosophy and the history of philosophy dovetail with the mission of the Journal. Tradition and philosophy are intimately connected in the continental approach to philosophy. As a journal for the history of philosophy that is open to a wide spectrum of methodological approaches, Epoché will add to the already evident international reputation of our graduate program and to its growing contributions to the profession of philosophy.

--Walter A. Brogan, Editor