Nothing but History: Reconstruction and Extremity after Metaphysics

Nothing but History: Reconstruction and Extremity after Metaphysics

by David D. Roberts


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What is the role of history in our "postmetaphysical" age? Surveying two centuries of philosophical writing, David Roberts offers a thoughtful guide to the philosophy of history before the recent challenges associated with deconstructive postmodernism. He then argues for a moderate intellectual tradition in which historical knowledge, although freed from transcendent values, continues to play a crucial role in the conduct of human affairs.
Roberts's careful account of historicism explores the ideas of its major nineteenth-century representatives and foils, including Hegel, Dilthey, and Nietzsche. His thorough consideration of such twentieth-century thinkers as Gadamer, Croce, Foucault, and Heidegger contributes vitally to the ongoing discussions about the use and abuse of history. Certain to engage historians and philosophers, this book will interest scholars across the humanities who are concerned with the present and future utility of historical thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888570991
Publisher: Davies Group Publishers, The
Publication date: 12/01/2007
Series: CSH Series
Pages: 388

About the Author

David D. Roberts is author of Benedetto Croce and the Uses of Historicism (California, 1987) and Professor of History at the University of Georgia.

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