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The Routledge Companion to Historical Theory

ISBN 9780367421083
Published November 16, 2021 by Routledge
636 Pages

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Book Description

This Companion provides a wide-ranging and up-to-date overview of the conceptual issues that history as a discipline and mode of thought gives rise to.

The book offers both historical and systematic treatments of these issues, as well as addressing their contemporary relevance. Structured in three parts – Modes and Schools of Historical Thought, Epistemology and Metaphysics of History, and Issues and Challenges in Historical Theory – it offers the reader a wide scope and expert treatment of each topic in this vibrant field that can be read in any order. An international team of experts both discuss the basis of their topic and present their own view, offering the reader a cutting-edge contribution while ensuring their chapters are of interest to both students and specialists in the field of historical theory and engaging with the very nature of historical thought, the metaphysics of historical existence, the politics of history-writing, and the intelligibility of the historical process.

The volume is an indispensable companion to the study of history and essential reading for anyone interested in the reflection on the nature of history and our historical existence.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Modes and Schools of Historical Thought

1. Historicism

Frederick Beiser

2. Hermeneutics

Katherina Kinzel

3. Marxism

Enzo Traverso

4. Idealism: With History in Mind

James Connelly

5. Positivism

Franz L. Fillafer

6. Phenomenology

Veronica Vasterling

7. Critical Theory

Espen Hammer

8. Narrativism

Veronica Tozzi Thompson

9. Pragmatism

Serge Grigoriev

10. Analytical Philosophy of History

Paul A. Roth

11. Postcolonial Theory: Then and Now

Rochona Majumdar

12. Psychoanalysis

Brian Connolly

Part 2: Epistemology and Metaphysics of History

13. Contingency and Historical Inevitability 

Jordan Daniels

14. Imagination and Revision

Giuseppina D’Oro & Jonas Ahlskog

15. Objectivity and Relativism

Reinbert Krol

16. Constructivism and Realism

Rik Peters

17. Explanation

Gunnar Schumann

18. Interpretation

David Weberman

19. Representation

Eugen Zeleňák

20. Truth: What is it for?

Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

21. Postmodernism: The “Crisis” of Narratives in the Historical Discipline

Nancy Partner

22. Ethics: Or Sharing History

Jonathan Gorman

23. Deconstruction: History, if there is History

Joshua Kates

24. Freedom and Agency

Simon Lumsden

Part 3: Issues and Challenges in Historical Theory

25. Political Ideologies

Edmund Neill

26. Didactics

Tyson Retz

27. Big data

Jo Guldi

28. New Television and Film

Martin Shuster

29. Counterfactuals: A Typological Approach

Gavriel D. Rosenfeld

30. Globalisation/s

Angelika Epple

31. Teleology

Anthony K. Jensen

32. The Sublime

Hans Kellner

33. Experience

Christophe Bouton 

34. Memory

Marek Tamm

35. Time

Victoria Fareld

36. Presence

Jacques Bos

37. The End of History

Eric Michael Dale

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Chiel van den Akker is Lecturer in Historical Theory at the Department of Art and Culture, History and Antiquities at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is the author of The Modern Idea of History and its Value. An Introduction (2020) and The Exemplifying Past. A Philosophy of History (2018).