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Hayden White - Key Contemporary Thinkers (Paperback)
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Hayden White - Key Contemporary Thinkers (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 24/06/2011
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This new book offers a clear and accessible exposition of Hayden White's thought. In an engaging and wide-ranging analysis, Herman Paul discusses White's core ideas and traces the development of these ideas from the mid-1950s to the present. Starting with White's medievalist research and youthful fascination for French existentialism, Paul shows how White became increasingly convinced that historical writing is a moral activity. He goes on to argue that the critical concepts that have secured White's fame - trope, plot, discourse, figural realism - all stem from his desire to explicate the moral claims and perceptions underlying historical writing. White emerges as a passionate thinker, a restless rebel against scientism, and a defender of existentialist humanist values.

This innovative introduction will appeal to students and scholars across the humanities, and help develop a critical understanding of an increasingly important thinker.

Publisher: Polity Press
ISBN: 9780745650142
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 231 x 161 x 12 mm

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