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    The Exemplification Theory of History: Narrativist Philosophy and the Autonomy of History.Chiel van den Akker - 2012 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (2):236-257.
    The “exemplification theory of history” is proposed to account for the relationship between the past and historical narratives. The theory states that what belongs to the past according to some narrative does so in order to exemplify the historical thesis of that narrative. As such the theory explains how the past receives its meaning. This implies that the past has no intrinsic historical meaning itself. Moreover, it follows that historical narratives possess an autonomy of their own with regard to the (...)
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    Welcome Note From the Editor-in-Chief: The Task of Philosophy of History.Chiel van den Akker - 2022 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 16 (2):132-137.
  3. Uitspraak en/of representatie.Chiel van den Akker - 2011 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 103 (4):263-267.
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    Mink’s Riddle of Narrative Truth.Chiel van den Akker - 2013 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 7 (3):346-370.
    The problem how to ascertain the truth about the past is as old as history itself. But until the work of Louis Mink, no clear distinction was made between questions concerning the truth of statements on the past and questions concerning the truth of historical narratives as a whole. A narrative, Mink argues, is not simply a conjunction of statements on the past. Therefore its truth cannot be a function of the truth of its individual statements. The problem of narrative (...)
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    Benjamin, the Image and the End of History.Chiel van den Akker - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology 3 (1):43-54.
    In his famous 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” Walter Benjamin tells us that in his time art became valued for its exhibition value instead of what he refers to as its secularised ritual or cult value. This essay makes this bold claim plausible by arguing that it means that a historicising gaze no longer has a function in the reception of art. Although this argument is supported by Benjamin’s use of the concepts of (...)
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    Frank Ankersmit and Hayden White on the Politics of Historical Representation.Chiel van den Akker - 2018 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 12 (3):410-431.
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    Arthur Danto, the End of Art, and the Philosophical View of History.Chiel van den Akker - 2019 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 13 (2):235-256.
    This essay takes Arthur Danto’s end-of-art thesis as a case in point of a substantive philosophy of history. Such philosophy explains the direction that art has taken and why that direction could not have been different. Danto never scrutinized the philosophy of history that his end-of-art thesis presumes. I aim to do that by drawing a distinction between what I refer to as the common view of history and the philosophical view of history, and by arguing that we need the (...)
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