9780415164160

Why History?

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415164160

  • ISBN10:

    0415164168

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1999-10-05
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Why History is an introduction to the issue of history and ethics. Designed to provoke discussion, the book asks whether a good knowledge and understanding of the past is a good thing to have and if so, why. In the context of postmodern times, Why History suggests that the goal of 'learning lessons from the past' is actually learning lessons from stories written by historians and others. If the past as history has no foundation, can anything ethical be gained from history?Why History presents liberating challenges to history and ethics, proposing that we have reached an emancipatory moment which is well beyond the 'end of history'.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Introduction: Living in time but outside history; living in morality but outside ethics 1(34)
PART I On the end of metanarratives 35(56)
Introduction
35(2)
On Jacques Derrida
37(19)
On Jean Baudrillard
56(15)
On Jean-Francois Lyotard
71(20)
PART II On the end of `proper' history 91(70)
Introduction
91(4)
On Richard Evans
95(20)
On Hayden White
115(18)
On Frank Ankersmit
133(28)
PART III Beyond histories and ethics 161(40)
Introduction
161(2)
On Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth
163(21)
On David Harlan
184(17)
Conclusion: Promisings 201(6)
Notes 207(16)
Further reading 223(7)
Index 230

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