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The fifty entries during this Companion disguise the most concerns within the philosophies of historiography and heritage, together with traditional historical past and the practices of historians.• Written through a global and multi-disciplinary staff of experts• A state-of-the-art up-to-date photo of present learn within the field• a part of the well known Blackwell Companions sequence

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We then interpret a selection of historical traces (constructivism, anti-realism). In this case, the historian performs as a creature conditioned by his language, culture, epoch, and personal history. On the other hand, the opposite cluster of attitudes claims that only certain parts of the past comprise the object of history (what is not progressive is not an object of history, as Schelling observes; history assumes historicity (Geschichtlichkeit) and becomes an object of phenomenology). History, which is independent of us, resides in the past as an ore lies hidden in a rock.

On the one hand, we find the conviction that the object of history encompasses the whole past of the human species, which has – just like our personal past – no limits. From a non-limited past the historian can choose only according to his own interests or his ideas about the past. We then interpret a selection of historical traces (constructivism, anti-realism). In this case, the historian performs as a creature conditioned by his language, culture, epoch, and personal history. On the other hand, the opposite cluster of attitudes claims that only certain parts of the past comprise the object of history (what is not progressive is not an object of history, as Schelling observes; history assumes historicity (Geschichtlichkeit) and becomes an object of phenomenology).

Qxd 31/07/2008 03:21PM Page 29 philosophy of history philosophy of history (including “philosophy of history” pure) or with one of its products (historical meta-narratives, upper-case history, universal history). Substantive philosophy of history is not limited to the all-encompassing constructions such as the great, so-called “classical” philosophies of history created by Augustine, Vico, and Hegel; it also includes partial, lesser, statements and assumptions. The distinction between the opposite kinds of philosophy of history is also based on the differences between history and historiography, realism and constructivism, speculation and hypothesis.

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