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Historical Judgement.

Author: Jonathan Gorman
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The historical profession is not noted for examining its own methodologies. Indeed, most historians are averse to historical theory. In ""Historical Judgement"" Jonathan Gorman's response to this state of affairs is to argue that if we want to characterize a discipline, we need to look to persons who successfully occupy the role of being practitioners of that discipline. So to model historiography we must do so from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gorman, Jonathan.
Historical Judgement.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Gorman
ISBN: 9781317493136 1317493133
OCLC Number: 897641524
Description: 1 online resource (271 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; 1. The argument; 2. The philosophy of a discipline; Respect for historiography; Modelling a discipline: the truth of historical theory; Description and prescription; Justification in the second-order context: Popper and Hempel; Justification in the second-order context: Kuhn; Rival historiographies of science; 3. Writing the history of historiography; Historiography of historiography: prior considerations; Our primary sources; Our use of primary sources; Choices and questions; Character and consensus. Historiography of historiographyHistorians' self-understanding; 4. Pragmatic postmodernism; Postmodernism; Common sense and experience: Hume; Quine as postmodernist; The costs of belief; Quine not postmodern enough; 5. The room for judgement; Narrative truth; A fancy view of truth; Holistic choice; Structuring factual synthesis; Moral judgement in historiography; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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The historical profession is not noted for examining its own methodologies. Indeed, most historians are averse to historical theory. In ""Historical Judgement"" Jonathan Gorman's response to this state of affairs is to argue that if we want to characterize a discipline, we need to look to persons who successfully occupy the role of being practitioners of that discipline. So to model historiography we must do so from the views of historians. Gorman begins by showing what it is to model a discipline by using recent philosophy of law and philosophy of science. There are different models at work,

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