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New Contributions to the Philosophy of History


Part of the Methodos Series book series (METH, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Daniel Little
    Pages 1-10
  3. Daniel Little
    Pages 11-39
  4. Daniel Little
    Pages 41-72
  5. Daniel Little
    Pages 73-95
  6. Daniel Little
    Pages 97-120
  7. Daniel Little
    Pages 121-140
  8. Daniel Little
    Pages 141-170
  9. Daniel Little
    Pages 171-194
  10. Daniel Little
    Pages 195-216
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 217-238

About this book


Insights developed in the past two decades by philosophers of the social sciences can serve to enrich the challenging intellectual tasks of conceptualizing, investigating, and representing the human past. Likewise, intimate engagement with the writings of historians can deepen philosophers’ understanding of the task of knowing the past. This volume brings these perspectives together and considers fundamental questions, such as: What is historical causation? What is a large historical structure? How can we best conceptualize “mentalities” and “identities”? What is involved in understanding the subjectivity of historical actors? What is involved in arriving at an economic history of a large region? How are actions and outcomes related? The arguments touch upon a wide range of historical topics -- the Chinese and French Revolutions, the extension of railroads in the nineteenth century, and the development of agriculture in medieval China.


Causation Historical explanation Historical ontology Methodology Philosophy of History Philosophy of Social Sciences Social causation ontology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Office of the ChancellorUniversity of Michigan-DearbornDearbornUSA

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