Philosophy of History An Introduction

ISBN-10: 082648848X

ISBN-13: 9780826488480

Edition: 2008

Authors: Mark Day, Day
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 3/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

List of figures and tables
Preface
Evidence of the Past
An introduction to historical practice
The past in the present
The professionalization of history
Relations with the past
Forms of historical production
Further reading and study questions
Historical methodology
Scissors and paste
Rules of historical reasoning
Peer reviews
A philosophical approach to historical reasoning
Primary sources
Further reading and study questions
Reasoning from the evidence
Bayesianism
The limitations of Bayesianism
Explanation and inference
Unwinding the spool
Explanatory virtues
The preservation of testimony
Further reading and study questions
History as Science
Abstraction and laws
What's so great about science?
Abstraction and quantification
Positivism
Laws
Against universality
Rehabilitating causation
Further reading and study questions
The causal sciences
Against causation in history
Singular causation
Causation and contrasts
What is a historical theory?
Justifying historical theories: comparison and contrast
Justifying historical theories: explaining how
Further reading and study questions
Theory and particular
The historian's role
A priori argument from particularity
Applying general terms
The 'chemical' sciences
Combining theories in practice
Narrative and theory
Is naturalism the best account of historical practice?
Further reading and study questions
History as Interpretation
Feeling and thought
Questions in the philosophy of interpretation
Empathy
Collingwood and re-enactment
Living history
All history is the history of thought
Further reading and study questions
Actions, reasons and norms
Rationality
What is it to act rationally?
Meaning and society
Social norms
The Great Cat Massacre
Interim conclusion: interpretation and evidence
Further reading and study questions
From Interpretation to Discourse
Subject and object
Historicism
Objectivity and evaluation
Selection and importance
Dialogue
Further reading and study questions
Narrative
What are narratives?
Narrative and discourse
Metahistory
Narrative and truth
Collective narrative and metanarrative
Further reading and study questions
Truth and Reality
The absent past
Overview: correspondence to reality
Overview: anti-realism
Beyond statement truth
Qualified historical scepticism
Construction of the past
Present truth and past truth
Further reading and study questions
Underdetermination
Coherence and choice
Bayesianism reconsidered
Historiographical disagreement
Social Construction
Linguistic Idealism
Practical relations to the past
Further reading and study questions
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index
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