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Narration and Knowledge

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ISBN-10: 0231138237

ISBN-13: 9780231138239

Edition: 2007 (Annotated)

Authors: Arthur C. Danto, Frank Ankersmit, Lydia Goehr, Arthur C. Danto

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In Narration and Knowledge, analytical philosopher Arthur Danto approaches various problems concerning the possibility of historical knowledge. He introduces the concept of "narrative sentences," in which an event is described with reference to later events (for example, "The Thirty Year War began in 1618") and discusses why such sentences cannot be understood until the later event happens (no one could have said in 1618 that "the Thirty Year War began today"). Danto compares narrative and scientific explanation and explores the legitimacy of historical laws. He also argues that history is an autonomous and humanist discipline incapable of being reduced to scientific descriptions. In this…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.02" wide x 8.86" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Danto was born in 1924. He received a B.A. from Wayne State University in 1948 and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, in 1949 and 1952, respectively. He began teaching at Columbia University in 1951 and has been a professor since 1966. He has received many fellowships and grants including two Guggenheims, ACLS, and Fulbright, and has served as Vice-President and President of the American Philosophical Association, as well as President of the American Society for Aesthetics. His book Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, a collection of art criticism, won the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Prize for Criticism. He is also…    

Frank Ankersmit is Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History and Philosophy of History at Groningen University. His many books include History and Tropology , Aesthetic Politics , and Sublime Historical Experience .

Introduction to the Morningside Edition
Preface to Analytical Philosophy of History
Afterwords: An Introduction to Arthur Danto's Narration and Knowledge(including his Analytical Philosophy of History)
Substantive and Analytical Philosophy of History
A Minimal Characterization of History
Three Objections Against the Possibility of Historical Knowledge
Verification, Verifiability and Tensed Sentences
Temporal Language and Temporal Scepticisms
Evidence and Historical Relativism
History and Chronicle
Narrative Sentences
Future-and Past-Contingencies
Historical Explanation: The Problem of General Laws
Historical Explanation: The Role of Narratives
Methodological Individualism and Methodological Socialism
Historical Understanding: The Problem of Other Periods
Historical Language and Historical Reality
Narration and Knowledge
Danto's Philosophy of History in Retrospective