David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 29 (2):175-194 (1962)
The first part of the paper distinguishes between a real past which has nothing to do with historical events and an historical past made up of hypothetical events introduced for the purpose of explaining historical evidence. Attention is next paid to those so-called ancillary historical disciplines which study historical evidence, and it is noted that the historical event is brought in to explain the particular constellation of different kinds of historical evidence which are judged to belong together. The problem of explaining events is then taken up, and an attempt is made to defend the view that such explanation must presuppose general laws. And this is followed by a discussion, partly speculative, of social-historical laws. The final section of the paper tries to argue that the subjective intentions of individuals are irrelevant to historical explanation
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Hans Albert (1988). Critical Rationalism: The Problem of Method in Social Sciences and Law. Ratio Juris 1 (1):1-19.
Luke O'sullivan (2006). Leon Goldstein and the Epistemology of Historical Knowing. History and Theory 45 (2):204–228.
Similar books and articles
Carl August Lückerath (1985). Fundamental Historical Research as a Problem of Historical Sciences. On the Analysis of Historical Evidence. Philosophy and History 18 (1):85-86.
Assen Ignatow (1984). Das Geschichtliche in Marxistischer Sicht. Studies in East European Thought 27 (2):147-173.
John H. Zammito (2008). A Problem of Our Own Making: Roth on Historical Explanation. Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (2):244-249.
Eugen Zelenak (2011). On Sense, Reference, and Tone in History. Journal of the Philosophy of History 4 (3-4):354-374.
Daniela Vallega-Neu (2008). Rhythmic Delimitations of History: On Heidegger and History. Idealistic Studies 38 (1/2):91-103.
C. Stephen Evans (1990). The Relevance of Historical Evidence for Christian Faith. Faith and Philosophy 7 (4):470-485.
Dmitri Nikulin (2008). Memory and History. Idealistic Studies 38 (1/2):75-90.
Evan Fales (1980). Uniqueness and Historical Laws. Philosophy of Science 47 (2):260-276.
Not By Me (1983). Historical Laws in Modern Biology. Acta Biotheoretica 32 (3).
Karsten R. Stueber (2008). Theories Explain, and so Do Historical Narratives: But There Are Differences. Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (2):237-243.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads11 ( #139,354 of 1,102,446 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #62,325 of 1,102,446 )
How can I increase my downloads?