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- DescriptionHow do we kw what happened in the past? We cant go back, and amount of historical data can enable us to understand with absolute certainty what life was like then. It is easy to demolish the very idea of historical kwing, but it is impossible to demolish the importance of historical kwing. In an age of cable television pundits and anymous bloggers dueling over history, the value of owning history increases at the same time as our confidence in history as a way of kwing crumbles. Historical kwledge thus presents a paradox - the more it is required, the less reliable it has become. To reconcile this paradox - that history is impossible but necessary - Peter Charles Hoffer proposes a practical, workable philosophy of history for our times, one that is robust and realistic, and that speaks to anyone who reads, writes and teaches history. Covering a sweeping range of philosophies (from ancient history to game theory), methodological approaches to writing history, and the advantages and disadvantages of different strategies of argument, Hoffer constructs a philosophy of history that is reasonable, free of fallacy, and supported by appropriate evidence that is itself tenable.
- Author BiographyPeter Charles Hoffer is Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He has authored and co-authored more than twenty books, including Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, and Fraud in American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis and Goodwin and The Supreme Court: An Essential History.
- Author(s)Peter Charles Hoffer
- PublisherNew York University Press
- Date of Publication01/11/2008
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew York University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine23 mm
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