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An Alternative Democracy: Dissent in Gandhi’s Great Trial of 1922

Democratic Moments : Reading Democratic Texts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...I have no personal ill-will against any single administrator, much less can I have any disaffection towards the King’s person. But I hold it to be a virtue to be disaffected towards a Government which in its totality has done more harm...

Philosophy of History: Speculative Approaches

Réal Fillion

Réal Fillion is Professor at University of Sudbury, ON, Canada Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Essays on Theory, Method and Historiography

...Introduction A reconsideration of speculative approaches to history should begin where history, in its etymological sense of “inquiry” typically begins, in the commitment to study, still largely within the disciplinary demarcations...

Between Context and Telos: Reviewing the Structures of International Law

Historical Teleologies in The Modern World

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The law of nations – ‘international law’ – is the last refuge of political idealism. Throughout the last century diplomats, politicians and European intelligentsias vested their hopes of a more peaceful and a more just world...

How Can History Have an Aim?

Steven G. Smith

Steven G. Smith is Jennie Carlisle Golding Professor of Philosophy at Millsaps College, USA and the author of The Concept of the Spiritual (1988), Gender Thinking (1992), Worth Doing (2004), and Appeal and Attitude (2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Full History : On the Meaningfulness of Shared Action

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Supposing that we have been making history together and continue to do so, then where, on the largest scale, are we aiming? What are we trying to do? This piercing, puzzling question invites us to form a better conception of how the facts...

The Expression of Historical Experience

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon

Zoltán Boldizsár Simon is Research Fellow and Board Member of the Centre for Theories in Historical Research at Bielefeld University, Germany. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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History in Times of Unprecedented Change : A Theory for the 21st Century

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Blasphemous rumours On the following pages I plan to commit metaphorical blasphemy. Being metaphorical, the sort of blasphemy I have in mind...

Return to Chronology

Helge Jordheim

Helge Jordheim is Professor of Cultural History and Museology at University of Oslo, Norway Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Rethinking Historical Time : New Approaches to Presentism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In ‘World Scientist’s Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice’, published in the journal BioScience in December 2017, 15,364 scientists from 184 countries joined forces to issue a warning that mankind has unleashed what they refer...

Contingency

Yemima Ben-Menahem

Yemima Ben-Menahem is Professor of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Key Concepts

...Introduction Recall Tolstoy’s celebrated novel Anna Karenina. The passionate love affair between Karenina and Count Vronsky begins when they first see each other at the train station and ends tragically with Karenina’s suicide. The former...

Hayden White’s Hope, or the Politics of Prefiguration

Philosophy of History After Hayden White

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Since “The Burden of History” was first published in 1966, Hayden White has been accused of many crimes. In the eyes of mediocre moralists, he is the unrepentant relativist whose linguistically turned emphasis on the poetics...

Arguing with Collingwood (II)

Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK. His publications include R G Collingwood: An Introduction (1998) and the Bloomsbury Reader's Guide to Collingwood's The Idea of History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Collingwood’s The Idea of History : A Reader’s Guide

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Past, present and future Nothing reveals realist assumptions better than its view of the past as open to explanation in the same way as the present. Collingwood is absolutely clear that the past is categorically different. More...

Introduction: Teleology and History – Nineteenth-Century Fortunes of an Enlightenment Project

Henning Trüper

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Henning Trüper is a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, USA and the Centre de Recherches Historiques, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dipesh Chakrabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty is Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Historical Teleologies in The Modern World

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Teleology, the project The word was a success. Invented by Christian Wolff in 1728, with Diderot’s Encyclopédie and the philosophy of Kant as its most powerful transmitters, ‘teleology’ soon projected itself into the furthest...