This book uncovers the wealth of philosophical problems that history presents, and encourages further thought on how these issues grow out of historical questions. Its focus on the convergence of history, philosophy and social science makes it ideal for use on undergraduate courses in philosophy of history and philosophy of social science.Beginning with an energetic and lucid discussion covering traditional issues such as epistemology and metaphysics, the author continues to explore in more detail the current debates surrounding philosophical issues of concern to both history and the social sciences. Tackling a wide range of topics such as truth, objectivity, explanation, communication and narrative, gender, deconstruction and postmodernism, the book affords students in philosophy and social science departments a deeper and wider perspective on the philosophical problems within their areas of study.
A. The Importance and Fascination of History.
B. Popularity of History.
C. Contemporary Neglect of the Philosophy of History.
D. Present State of the Philosophy of History.
E. How the Philosophy of History relates to Other Disciplines.
F. The Philosophy of History and Contemporary Concerns.
G. Future Possibilities of the Philosophy of History.
Part I: History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences:.
A. The Corners of the Triangle.
B. History and the Social Sciences - the right-hand side.
C. Philosophy and the Social Sciences - the base.
D. Philosophy and History - the left-hand side.
Part II: Main Themes:.
A. History is Important but Reliable?.
B. Objectivity in History.
E. Social Processes and Frameworks.
G. Pattern, Structure and Colligation.
Part III: Cause and Explanation:.
B. Explanation in General.
C. Statistical Explanation.
Part IV: Explanation in the Social Sciences and History:.
A. Explanation in the Social Sciences.
B. Explanation in History.
Part V: Science, History and Historicism:.
A. Science and History compared.
B. Science and History contrasted: Structure, Time and Meaning.
Part VI: Mind:.
A. Mind and the Historian.
B. Imagination and Understanding.
Part VII: Meaning:.
C. Political Correctness.
Part VIII: "Only Connect":.
A. Communication and Culture.
Part IX: The End of History?: .
A. The Linguistic Turn in History.
B. The Loss of the Object.
C. From the Enlightenment to Postmodernism.
D. No End - No Beginning.