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Human Nature and Historical Knowledge : Hume, Hegel and Vico - Leon Pompa

Human Nature and Historical Knowledge

Hume, Hegel and Vico

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Published: 31st August 1990
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This book presents a study of the nature and conditions of historical knowledge, conducted through a study of the relevant theories of Hume, Hegel and Vico. It is usually thought that in order to establish historical facts, we have to have a theory of human nature to support our arguments. Hume, Hegel and Vico all subscribed to this view, and are therefore discussed in detail. Professor Pompa goes on to argue that there is in fact no way of discovering anything about human nature except through historical investigation. It is necessary therefore to find a different way of thinking about how we discover historical facts. This is done in the last chapter where, in opposition to almost all present views, it is argued that we must have a framework of inherited knowledge before we can believe in anything which results from historical enquiry.

Introduction
Hume: the constancy of human nature
Hegel: the self-development of reason
Vico: the ideal eternal history
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521381376
ISBN-10: 0521381371
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 31st August 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.46