Historical judgement: the limits of historiographical choice

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Acumen, 2007 - History - 258 pages
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The historical profession is not noted for examining its own methodologies. In Historical Judgement Jonathan Gormanżs response to this state of affairs is to argue that if we want to characterize a discipline, we need to look to persons whosuccessfully occupy the role of being practitioners of that discipline. So to model historiography we must do so from the views of historians. Gorman develops the history of historiography and explores the character of historiography as presented by historians. By bringing together the ideas of historians and philosophers, Gorman presents a much more practitioner-focused examination of the discipline of history,one that will, hopefully, encourage historians to think more about the nature of what they do.

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Contents

The philosophy of a discipline
17
Writing the history of historiography
67
Pragmatic postmodernism
131
The room for judgement
165
Holistic choice
183
Moral judgement in historiography
202
Bibliography
241
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