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9780826488480

The Philosophy of History An Introduction

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    9780826488480

  • ISBN10:

    082648848X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-31
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

This book provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to all the major philosophical concepts, issues and debates raised by history.

Author Biography

Mark Day is Lecturer in Philosophy at Nottingham Trent University, UK

Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesp. x
Prefacep. xi
Evidence of the Past
An introduction to historical practicep. 3
The past in the presentp. 3
The professionalization of historyp. 5
Relations with the pastp. 9
Forms of historical productionp. 12
Further reading and study questionsp. 15
Historical methodologyp. 16
Scissors and pastep. 16
Rules of historical reasoningp. 20
Peer reviewsp. 21
A philosophical approach to historical reasoningp. 25
Primary sourcesp. 27
Further reading and study questionsp. 29
Reasoning from the evidencep. 31
Bayesianismp. 31
The limitations of Bayesianismp. 34
Explanation and inferencep. 37
Unwinding the spoolp. 40
Explanatory virtuesp. 42
The preservation of testimonyp. 44
Further reading and study questionsp. 49
History as Science
Abstraction and lawsp. 53
What's so great about science?p. 53
Abstraction and quantificationp. 55
Positivismp. 59
Lawsp. 62
Against universalityp. 65
Rehabilitating causationp. 69
Further reading and study questionsp. 72
The causal sciencesp. 73
Against causation in historyp. 73
Singular causationp. 76
Causation and contrastsp. 80
What is a historical theory?p. 83
Justifying historical theories: comparison and contrastp. 88
Justifying historical theories: explaining howp. 91
Further reading and study questionsp. 93
Theory and particularp. 95
The historian's rolep. 95
A priori argument from particularityp. 96
Applying general termsp. 98
The 'chemical' sciencesp. 102
Combining theories in practicep. 105
Narrative and theoryp. 107
Is naturalism the best account of historical practice?p. 110
Further reading and study questionsp. 111
History as Interpretation
Feeling and thoughtp. 115
Questions in the philosophy of interpretationp. 115
Empathyp. 118
Collingwood and re-enactmentp. 121
Living historyp. 123
All history is the history of thoughtp. 126
Further reading and study questionsp. 129
Actions, reasons and normsp. 130
Rationalityp. 130
What is it to act rationally?p. 133
Meaning and societyp. 137
Social normsp. 139
The Great Cat Massacrep. 144
Interim conclusion: interpretation and evidencep. 147
Further reading and study questionsp. 149
From Interpretation to Discourse
Subject and objectp. 153
Historicismp. 153
Objectivity and evaluationp. 156
Selection and importancep. 159
Dialoguep. 162
Further reading and study questionsp. 166
Narrativep. 167
What are narratives?p. 167
Narrative and discoursep. 171
Metahistoryp. 174
Narrative and truthp. 178
Collective narrative and metanarrativep. 181
Further reading and study questionsp. 184
Truth and Reality
The absent pastp. 187
Overview: correspondence to realityp. 188
Overview: anti-realismp. 190
Beyond statement truthp. 194
Qualified historical scepticismp. 199
Construction of the pastp. 204
Present truth and past truthp. 207
Further reading and study questionsp. 209
Underdeterminationp. 211
Coherence and choicep. 211
Bayesianism reconsideredp. 214
Historiographical disagreementp. 217
Social Constructionp. 220
Linguistic Idealismp. 222
Practical relations to the pastp. 225
Further reading and study questionsp. 228
Conclusionp. 230
Notesp. 233
Referencesp. 243
Indexp. 251
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