History and Theory 26 (2):133-149 (1987)

Abstract
J. H. Hexter, an American historian of early seventeenth-century history, terms himself whiggish and claims whiggishness is returning after the misguided popularity of Marxism. The distinction "whiggish" is more elusive than his claim suggests, and the accuracy of its application to Hexter's claim is unclear. Three characteristics commonly assigned to whig interpretation by its critics can be seen as reflections of broader, unresolved historical issues. These are: attention to political and constitutional issues; a tendency to refer to the present in interpreting the past; and a belief in inevitability. It is difficult to ascertain whether Hexter's attention to political matters is a result of his view of them as intrinsically important to historical inquiry or as particularly relevant to historical accounts of Stuart England. The charge of presentism cannot confidently be made against him, as he is not guilty of anything as crude as anachronism, and subtle presentism is neither avoidable nor necessarily reprehensible. Inevitabilism is not only difficult to define, it is not displayed by Hexter. If he displays the weaknesses of whiggishness it is only through implication, in the body of ideas underlying his text
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.2307/2505118
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,343
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Herbert Butterfield (1900–1979) as a Christian Historian of Science.Regis Cabral - 1996 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 27 (4):547-564.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Early Christian Historiography.William Adler - 2008 - In Susan Ashbrook Harvey & David G. Hunter (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies. Oxford University Press.
Historiography as a Form of Political Thought.J. G. A. Pocock - 2011 - History of European Ideas 37 (1):1-6.
The Roots of True Whiggism 1688-94.Mark Goldie - 1980 - History of Political Thought 1 (2):195-236.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-04-06

Total views
34 ( #316,924 of 2,445,361 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #185,636 of 2,445,361 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes