Synopses & Reviews
What is history? From Thucydides to Toynbee historians and nonhistorians alike have wondered how to answer this question. A New Philosophy of History
reflects on developments over the last two decades in historical writing, not least the renewed interest in the status of narrative itself and the presence of the authorial "voice." Subjects include the problems of Grand Narrative, multiple voices and the personal presence of the historian in his text, the ambitions of the French Annales
school and the so-called "Grand Chronicler," and the relevance of non-literary modelsand#8212;museum presentations and picturingsand#8212;regarding historical discourse.
The range of approaches found in A New Philosophy of History ensures that this book will establish itself as required reading not only for historians, but for everyone interested in literary theory, philosophy, or cultural studies.
This volume presents essays by Hans Kellner, Nancy F. Partner, Richard T. Vann, Arthur C. Danto, Linda Orr, Philippe Carrard, Ann Rigney, Allan Megill, Robert Berkhofer, Stephen Bann, and Frank Ankersmit.
A New Philosophy of History reflects on developments over the last two decades in historical writing. With essays from prominent philosophers, intellectual and social historians, and literary critics, it investigates the philosophical, cultural, linguistic, and aesthetic matrices in which historical thought is generated.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -283) and index.
Table of Contents
Notes on the Editors and Contributors
Introduction: Describing Redescriptions by Hans Kellner
1: Historicity in an age of Reality-Fictions
Nancy F. Partner
2: Turning Linguistic: History and Theory and History and Theory, 1960-1975
Richard T. Vann
3: The Decline and Fall of the Analytical Philosophy of History
Arthur C. Danto
4: Intimate Images: Subjectivity and Historyand#8212;Stael, Michelet and Tocqueville
5: Theory of a Practice: Historical Enunciation and the Annales School
6: Relevance, Revision and the Fear of Long Books
7: 'Grand Narrative' and the Discipline of History
8: A Point of View on Viewpoints in Historical Practice
Robert F. Berkhofer
9: History as Competence and Performance: Notes on the Ironic Museum
10: Statements, Texts and Pictures