Real History: Reflections on Historical Practice - Philosophical Issues in Science (Paperback)
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Real History: Reflections on Historical Practice - Philosophical Issues in Science (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 02/10/1997
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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.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415159623
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
..."manages to go beyond some of the conventional limits observed by philosophers writing about history."
-"Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire, December 1999
"Martin Bunzl's "Real History provides a breath of fresh air in writing on the philosophy and epistemology of history. In language accessible to historians, philosophers, and the reading public more generally, he explores the questions posed by the various 'turns' of the post-war decades: deconstructive, linguistic, literary, anthropological, and quantitative. He looks not just at what historians say about their methods, but at what they actually do. His conclusions build upon the best roots in the current understanding of relativism in our knowledge of the past, while insisting on the responsibility of historians and readers toward matters of evidence and the social world in which they live
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-Natalie Zemon Davis, author of "The Return of Martin Guerre and "Society and Culture in Early Modern France

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