A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

  • by Aviezer Tucker
  • Narrated by Mary Kane
  • 29 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 50 entries 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 multidisciplinary 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.
Aviezer Tucker is a Gvirtzman Memorial Foundation Fellow and teaches at the CEVRO Institute in Prague. He held research positions at the Australian National University, New York University, Columbia University, and the Central European University in Prague. He is the author of Our Knowledge of the Past: A Philosophy of Historiography (2004) and a past president of the Society for the Philosophy of History.

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What the Critics Say

"Since the writing of history is part of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, the philosophical questions pertaining thereto have often been isolated from each other. Not so here. This volume is full of riches." (Elliott Sober , University of Wisconsin)
"Anyone interested in thinking about history, from the great systems to analysing how historians support their truth claims, will find these expert essays a splendid introduction." (Richard Vann , Senior Editor, History and Theory)

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Cannot see the Wood for the trees

I was disappointed by this veritable Chinese puzzle of a book. It seems more like a dictionary of technical terms, or a series of algebraic formulae for those already in the loop. It was way above my head and not, I believe for the man on the Clapham Omnibus, the summary was definitely very misleading. The narrator too has an unpleasing delivery which compounded the disappointment.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios