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 to 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
4. Idealism: With History in Mind
Franz L. Fillafer
7. Critical Theory
Veronica Tozzi Thompson
10. Analytical Philosophy of History
Paul A. Roth
11. Postcolonial Theory: Then and Now
Part 2: Epistemology and Metaphysics of History
13. Contingency and Historical Inevitability
14. Imagination and Revision
Giuseppina D’Oro & Jonas Ahlskog
15. Objectivity and Relativism
16. Constructivism and Realism
20. Truth: What is it for?
21. Postmodernism: The “Crisis” of Narratives in the Historical Discipline
22. Ethics: Or Sharing History
23. Deconstruction: History, if there is History
24. Freedom and Agency
Part 3: Issues and Challenges in Historical Theory
25. Political Ideologies
27. Big data
28. New Television and Film
29. Counterfactuals: A Typological Approach
Gavriel D. Rosenfeld
Anthony K. Jensen
32. The Sublime
37. The End of History
Eric Michael Dale
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).