Real History

Real History

by Martin Bunzl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415159628

ISBN-13: 9780415159623

Pub. Date: 10/02/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In Real History, Martin Bunzl brilliantly succeeds in bringing together two schools of thought at the forefront of the philosophy of history: that of realism and objectivity. He shows us how the realism debate is inhabited by philosophers, whereas the objectivity argument lies in the hands of historians. In his lucid and direct style, Bunzl proposes a

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In Real History, Martin Bunzl brilliantly succeeds in bringing together two schools of thought at the forefront of the philosophy of history: that of realism and objectivity. He shows us how the realism debate is inhabited by philosophers, whereas the objectivity argument lies in the hands of historians. In his lucid and direct style, Bunzl proposes a synthesis between these two parallel traditions. We see that what historians say they are doing is not necessarily what they are actually doing. Bunzl draws on recent work (from the likes of Foucault to Rorty) to develop a new model for the philosophy of history; a model which essentially calls for the collapse of the realism/objectivity dichotomy.
Martin Bunzl clearly merges the two parallel debates of history and philosophy. He draws on relevant discussions ranging from post-structuralism, to the philosophy of science, to notions of realism and objectivity, to debates about the history of women.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415159623
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/02/1997
Series:
Philosophical Issues in Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Objectivity Reconfigured8
2Historical Facts27
3The Construction of History44
4Foucault by Historians57
5Extending the Argument84
6Concluding Worries105
Notes112
Bibliography138
Index146

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