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Historical judgement : the limits of historiographical choice

Author: J L Gorman
Publisher: Stocksfield [England] : Acumen, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jonathan Gorman advances current philosophy of historiography by analysing the nature of historical judgement, factual and moral, thereby addressing the core modern and postmodern problems of historical understanding and the ethics of the writing of history.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J L Gorman
ISBN: 9781844651092 1844651096 184465110X 9781844651108
OCLC Number: 153576527
Description: xi, 258 pages ; 24 cm
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 historiography Historians' self-understanding 4. Pragmatic postmodernism Postmodernism Commonsense 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. The author's response to this state of affairs is to argue that if  Read more...

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"Jonathan Gorman has established himself as the most important British philosopher of history since Collingwood." - Richard Vann, Editor of History and Theory

 
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