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PHIL 382 - Philosophy of History


CR: 3
Prerequisite: One PHIL course or HIST majors with senior standing. A philosophical examination of the nature and foundations of history and historiography. Exampes of questions to be explored include: Does history have a purpose, i.e., a final goal or destination? What is the motor of history? Does history have laws guiding its development? What is the nature of historical causation and change? What is the nature of historical explanation? What role does narrative play in how historical events are interpreted and represented? Is history (or historical analysis) ‘objective?’ What is the status of a historical “fact?” Possible figures include (but are not limited to) Vico, Condorcet, Tocqueville, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Collingwood, Braudel, Foucault, Lyotard, Ricoeur, Danto, Hayden White, and Howard Zinn. V.1



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