By Aviezer Tucker

ISBN-10: 1405149086

ISBN-13: 9781405149082

The fifty entries during this Companion disguise the most concerns within the philosophies of historiography and historical past, together with ordinary heritage and the practices of historians.• Written via a global and multi-disciplinary crew of experts• A state of the art up to date photograph of present learn within the field• a part of the well known Blackwell Companions sequence

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These are not laws either. All Presidents of the United States have been male. True, but this generalization doesn’t explain why Chester A. Arthur was male. Laws, in addition to being generalizations, invoke necessity. It’s not just that all As are B; it’s that all As must be B. So using the covering law model of explanation must assume some important aspects of necessity in human action and some essential aspects of human nature. It precludes the possibility and ability to explain some event in terms of its uniqueness.

In this case, the historian performs as a creature conditioned by his language, culture, epoch, and personal history. On the other hand, the opposite cluster of attitudes claims that only certain parts of the past comprise the object of history (what is not progressive is not an object of history, as Schelling observes; history assumes historicity (Geschichtlichkeit) and becomes an object of phenomenology). History, which is independent of us, resides in the past as an ore lies hidden in a rock.

There is no remaking the sun, only at a different temperature. Geologists are unable to repeat many of the phenomena they are most interested in. The Sierra Nevada are unique, and there is no recreating the circumstances of their formation. But the sun is a typical star, and the Sierras are mountains. There are lots of stars and lots of mountains, so to regard these examples as unique could be misleading. What then about the French Revolution? It is a revolution, and while there may not be lots of revolutions, there are others.

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