Contemporary Pragmatism 17 (2-3):103-123 (2020)

Marnie Binder
California State University, Sacramento
A pragmatist philosopher of history asks what practical difference it makes for this or that historical “fact” to be taken as “useful and meaningful,” and then consider that the principal motivation behind what is recorded, what continues to circulate, and to what extent, in the annals of historical texts. Part of the methodology of pragmatism is derived from history, since usefulness is attested over time. History and historiography are shaped, in part, by pragmatic interests. This discussion is indispensable for the era of digital humanities that is upon us, with all the new materials and interpretations that are to come as a result.
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