Our Knowledge of the Past: A Philosophy of Historiography

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Februar 2015



This book presents a philosophical analysis of the disciplines that reveal scientific knowledge of the past. Aviezer Tucker argues that historiography as a scientific discipline should be considered an attempt to analyze the evidence of past events. This new approach to historiography will interest philosophers, historians and social scientists concerned with the methodological foundations of their disciplines.


Introduction: the philosophy of historiography; 1. Consensus and historiographic knowledge; 2. The history of knowledge of history; 3. The theory of scientific historiography; 4. Historiographic opinion; 5. Historiographic explanation; 6. The limits of historiographic knowledge; Conclusion. Historiography and history.


Aviezer Tucker teaches at Queen's University Belfast. He has held research fellowships at the Australian National University, New York University, Columbia University and the Central European University. He has taught at New York University, Long Island University, Trinity College and Palacky University, and he is past president of the Society for Philosophy of History. He works on epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of history and social and political philosophy. In addition to Our Knowledge of the Past Professor Tucker has also published The Philosophy and Politics of Czech Dissidence: From Patocka to Havel (Pittsburgh University Press, 2000) and numerous articles in journals like Philosophy, Inquiry, Erkenntnis, Studies in History, Philosophy of Science, History and Theory and Philosophy of the Social Sciences.


Review of the hardback: 'This is an important work on a topic - the development of a scientific approach to historical knowledge. Tucker treats this problem both historically (tracing the emergence of a scientific approach back to early nineteenth-century historians such as Ranke) and also conceptually (grappling with the probabilistic nature of inferences about the past). He also identifies parallel developments in other disciplines including textual criticism and evolutionary biology. The book reminds me of Ian Hacking's work on the history of probability theory, in that both combine history and conceptual analysis in a fruitful way.' Elliott Sober, Stanford University Review of the hardback: 'This is an important book ... Tucker importantly attends also to the non-scientific and underdetermined nature of historiographic interpretation ... I affirm the importance of Tucker's book. His is a question worth asking.' Journal of Philosophy Review of the hardback: '... a well-informed and accessible guide to the main modern approaches to the key questions that underlie the writing of history ...' Historiographia Linguistica
EAN: 9780521834155
ISBN: 0521834155
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2015
Seitenanzahl: 291 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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