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The Philosophy of History
Talks Given at the Institute of Historical Research, London, 2000-2006
 
 
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The Philosophy of History contains a selection of talks given at the Philosophy of History seminar in the Institute of Historical Research, London, in the period 2000 - 2006. It is intended to put students of the philosophy of history, historians, teachers of history and members of the general public in touch with what is being researched and discussed today at what might be described as the cutting edge of philosophy of history studies. Subjects discussed in the seminar, by amongst others Eccy de Jonge, William Scott, Leslie Armour, Michael O'Neill, Béatrice Han-Pile, Oliver Daddow, Beverley Southgate and Ray Monk, include Spinoza, Hegel's History of Philosophy, 'the end of history', intertextuality, time, early Foucault, the concept of civilization, objectivity and the relationship between biography and history. In particular, the collection reflects the fierce debate at present taking place between the postmodern critics of history, led by amongst others Keith Jenkins and Alun Munslow - both of whom have contributed articles to the collection - and the defenders of history, here represented by amongst others James Connelly and Mary Fulbrook. it is evident from the articles contained in this collection that no early resolution of the controversy is to be expected.


Description

The Philosophy of History contains a selection of talks given at the Philosophy of History seminar in the Institute of Historical Research, London, in the period 2000 - 2006. It is intended to put students of the philosophy of history, historians, teachers of history and members of the general public in touch with what is being researched and discussed today at what might be described as the cutting edge of philosophy of history studies. Subjects discussed in the seminar, by amongst others Eccy de Jonge, William Scott, Leslie Armour, Michael O'Neill, Béatrice Han-Pile, Oliver Daddow, Beverley Southgate and Ray Monk, include Spinoza, Hegel's History of Philosophy, 'the end of history', intertextuality, time, early Foucault, the concept of civilization, objectivity and the relationship between biography and history. In particular, the collection reflects the fierce debate at present taking place between the postmodern critics of history, led by amongst others Keith Jenkins and Alun Munslow - both of whom have contributed articles to the collection - and the defenders of history, here represented by amongst others James Connelly and Mary Fulbrook. it is evident from the articles contained in this collection that no early resolution of the controversy is to be expected.


Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Place of History in Spinoza's Metaphysics; E.de Jonge
Did the French Revolutionaries Have a Philosophy of History?; W.Scott
Hegel's History of Philosophy: Some Critical Reflections; R.M.Burns
The Concept of Civilization and the Problem of a Speculative Philosophy of History; L.Armour
On the Role of Time in Collingwood's Thought; M.J.O'Neill
Intertextuality, Time and Historical Understanding; E.O'Gorman
Early Foucault and Transcendental History; B.Han-Pile
Postmodernism, the End of History and Frank Ankersmit; K.Jenkins
Postmodernism and the Politics of Historiography; O.Daddow
Detachment Dispatch'd: History as Poetics; B.Southgate
Postmodern Scepticism, Truth and History; J.Connelly
Why All Historical Accounts are Inevitably Theoretical, but Why Some Accounts are Preferable to Others; M.Fulbrook
The Manifold Paradoxes of Orientalism; A.L.Macfie
Biography and History: Criticism, Theory and Practice; A.Muslow
Getting Inside Heisenberg's Head; R.Monk
Index


Authors

ALEXANDER LYON MACFIE has written widely on the Straits Question, the Eastern Question, the modern history of the Middle East and other related subjects. His publications include The Eastern Question (2nd edition, 1996), The Straits Question (1993), Ataturk (1994), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1998), Orientalism: A Reader (2000), Orientalism (2002) and Eastern Influences on Western Philosophy: A Reader (2003).