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Choosing the Past

Robert Doran

Robert Doran is James P. Wilmot Assistant Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Rochester, USA. He is the editor of The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, 1957-2007, by Hayden White, and Mimesis and Theory, Essays on Literature and Criticism, 1953-2005, by René Girard. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Philosophy of History After Hayden White

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...In choosing our past, we choose a present; and vice versa. —Hayden White1973 was a fateful year for historical studies and in particular for the much-maligned genre of philosophy of history. It was the year Hayden...

How Does History Matter?

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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...‘History that doesn’t matter’ is an unhappy, self-contradictory thought. We do sometimes think it to separate ourselves from oppressive claims of the past, or simply to shift attention. But our freedom to manoeuvre is never an absolute...

How Is History Real?

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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...Ordinary historical curiosity assumes the reality of past occurrence, appreciating the past’s factual kind of relevance; indeed, history thinking is itself the main argument for realism about the past since we generally regard as real...
...I would like to thank Richard B. Parkinson for revising the English of my paper. In the last two decades the concept of the ‘Bestimmung des...

How Is History Understandable?

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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...We have considered how indications of past reality can be interesting: like a strange fossil, they may expand our view of possible forms of life. They can be important, too, grounding our projects by supplying needed touchstones or changing...

Cheikh Anta Diop

Toyin Falola

Toyin Falola is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, United States Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Key Thinkers

...Introduction Intellectualism defined as the generally acquired body of knowledge of a society advanced by people who think beyond an average degree, helps to shape significant events and their perceptions. Intellectuals, by deference...

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...

Autonomy in History: Teleology in Nineteenth-century European Social and Political Thought

Historical Teleologies in The Modern World

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The nineteenth century is the period of the rise of Europe to world domination. The period under consideration is the ‘long nineteenth century’, leading from 1789 to 1914, or, avoiding flawed precision, from the 1770s...

The Historian as Public Intellectual

Hugh Trevor-Roper : The Historian

I.B.Tauris, 2016

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...I am indebted to Blair Worden, Trevor-Roper’s literary executor, for permission to consult and use the Dacre Papers; to Judith Curthoys, archivist at Christ Church, for her assistance in locating documents; to Jane Garnett, Felix Hale...
...This contribution is a revised and slightly abbreviated version of an article published under the same title in English Historical Review 124/511 (2009). I am grateful to the literary executors of Lord Dacre of Glanton and Dame Frances...