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A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

Edited by: Aviezer Tucker
eISBN: 9781405149082
Print publication date: 2009

Subject Philosophy
Study of History » Historiography, Philosophy of History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405149082.2009.x

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A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

The philosophy of historiography examines our representations and knowledge of the past, the relation between evidence, inference, explanation and narrative. Do we possess knowledge of the past? Do we just have probable beliefs about the past, or is historiography a piece of convincing fiction? The philosophy of history is the direct philosophical examination of history, whether it is necessary or contingent, whether it has a direction or whether it is coincidental, and if it has a direction, what it is, and how and why it is unfolding?

The fifty essays in this Companion cover the main issues in the philosophies of historiography and history, including natural history and the practices of historians. Written by an international and multi-disciplinary group of experts, these clearly written entries present a cutting-edge updated picture of current research in the philosophies of historiography and history.

This Companion will be of interest to philosophers, historians, natural historians, and social scientists.

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Tucker, Aviezer (ed). A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography. Blackwell Publishing, 2009. Blackwell Reference Online. 21 May 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405149082_9781405149082>

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