Why History?: Ethics and Postmodernity

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Psychology Press, 1999 - History - 232 pages
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Why History is an introduction to the issue of history and ethics. Designed to provoke discussion, the book asks whether a good knowledge and understanding of the past is a good thing to have and if so, why. In the context of postmodern times, Why History suggests that the goal of 'learning lessons from the past' is actually learning lessons from stories written by historians and others. If the past as history has no foundation, can anything ethical be gained from history?
Why History presents liberating challenges to history and ethics, proposing that we have reached an emancipatory moment which is well beyond the 'end of history'.

 

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Contents

PARTI
35
On Jean Baudrillard
56
On JeanFrançois Lyotard
71
PART II
91
On Hayden White
115
On Frank Ankersmit
133
Beyond histories and ethics
161
On David Harlan
184
Promisings
201
Further reading
223
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