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2004 Philosophy Abstracts

2004 Research Fair Archive - Philosophy Abstracts

The Need for Self-Criticism in History
by Stewart Anderson

This paper asks the question: To what extent is history scientific? Anderson argues both for and against scientific history, employing works written by historians, philosophers of social sciences, and, of course, philosophers of history. His answer is that a Foucauldian model of history which looks at the past only in terms of the present addresses these concerns. He also outlines a more plausible approach to history along these lines.