Is it possible for a historian of philosopher to be ever taken seriously as a philosopher?

Provided of course that said historian of philosophy strives to express fresh and original insights instead of producing material that is wholly derivative . I'll be eventually doing my Ph.d in the discipline termed ''history of philosophy'', but someday I hope to be regarded as an independent thinker. I am especially interested in political and moral philosophy.
Asked Aug 14, 2014

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