By Aviezer Tucker
The fifty entries during this Companion conceal the most matters within the philosophies of historiography and heritage, together with average heritage and the practices of historians.• Written by way of a global and multi-disciplinary crew of experts• A state of the art up-to-date photo of present study within the field• a part of the popular Blackwell Companions sequence
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Arouet, usually known as Voltaire. Philosophy of history has many near-synonyms, notably: philosophical history, historical philosophy, (meta)theory of history, theoretical history, logic of history, meta-history, historiosophy, and anachronic historiography. Some time ago the term histoire raisonnée or conjectural history was also popular. There is little agreement about the terminology, but every expression indicates some kind of link between philosophy and history – a problematic linkage, since the terms represent an opposition, not unlike that between synchrony and diachrony, generality and singularity, or holism and individualism.
Critical” philosophy of historiography, by contrast, studies the propositions of historiography about the past, including the statements of prehistory and archaeology. However, these distinctions are not clear cut. There is much substantive philosophy in historiography proper, and to some extent the substantive philosophy is also assumed unreflectively in critical philosophy. Before proceeding any further, therefore, let me try to clarify the relationship between the past itself and history, historiography, and philosophy.
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.
A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy) by Aviezer Tucker