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Knowledge and explanation in history : an introduction to the philosophy of history / R.F. Atkinson.


Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1978.
ISBN 0801491711, 0801411165, 9780801411168

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Subjects Histoire -- Philosophie.
History -- Philosophy.
Series Cornell paperbacks.
Description x, 229 pages ; 22 cm.
Copyright Date 1978.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-223) and index.
Contents I. Philosophy and history -- Philosophy of history -- History -- Philosophers and historians on history -- II. Knowledge of the past -- The problems -- Direct observation, memory, testimony -- The 'existence' of the past -- Referring to a point in time -- History and prophecy -- Past actions -- Truth and probability -- III. Objectivity -- The problems -- Never the whole truth -- Selection in history and science -- An absolute basis for selection -- The limits of objectivity -- IV. Explanation -- Description, interpretation, explanation -- Law explanations -- Rational explanations -- Narrative as explanatory -- V. Causation -- Historians' causes -- The use of 'cause' -- Particular causal connections -- The 'true' cause -- Levels of causal explanation -- Necessity and chance, constraint and fear -- VI. Values -- Introduction -- History as factual -- Moral judgment in history -- Progress.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)3914204
(OCoLC)ocm03914204
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WorldCat Identities Atkinson, R. F. 1928-
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