Martins Antonio Manuel – Doctor of Philosophy, Full Professor of Philosophy of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Academic interests lie within ancient philosophy, epistemology, Aristotle, Kant, causation.
The essay is divided into three sections. Section 1 briefly points out some provocative contentions made by Williamson (2007) regarding the method and the nature of philosophy. Section 2 briefly presents the way Lorenz Puntel (2008) understands his "idealized four-stage philosophical method" from the standpoint of the structural-systematic philosophy1. Section 3 concludes that philosophers have much to gain if they give more attention to the considerations presented by Williamson and Puntel on the method(s) of doing philosophy.
Key words: philosophic method; systematic philosophy; justification; knowledge.