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9780631199410

An Introduction to the Philosophy of History

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631199410

  • ISBN10:

    0631199411

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-02-04
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

This book uncovers the wealth of philosophical problems that history presents, and encourages further thought on how these issues grow out of historical questions.

Author Biography

Michael Stanford held the position of Senior Lecturer in History at the University of the West of England until his retirement in 1983. He co-edits the journal Cogito and is the author of The Nature of Historical Knowledge (1986) and a Companion of the Study of History (1994).

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Importance and Fascination of History
Popularity of History
Contemporary Neglect of the Philosophy of History
Present State of the Philosophy of History
How the Philosophy of History relates to Other Disciplines
The Philosophy of History and Contemporary Concerns
Future Possibilities of the Philosophy of History
History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences
The Corners of the Triangle
History and the Social Sciences - the right-hand side
Philosophy and the Social Sciences - the base
Philosophy and History - the left-hand side
Main Themes
History is Important but Reliable?
Objectivity in History
Evidence
Truth
Social Processes and Frameworks
Teleology
Pattern, Structure and Colligation
Cause and Explanation
Causes
Explanation in General
Statistical Explanation
Explanation in the Social Sciences and History
Explanation in the Social Sciences
Explanation in History
Science, History and Historicism
Science and History compared
Science and History contrasted: Structure, Time and Meaning
Historicism
Mind
Mind and the Historian
Imagination and Understanding
Action
Meaning
Language
Hermeneutics
Political Correctness
"Only Connect"
Communication and Culture
Narrative
The End of History?
The Linguistic Turn in History
The Loss of the Object
From the Enlightenment to Postmodernism
No End - No Beginning
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