Materialist Philosophy of History

A Realist Antidote to Postmodernism
 
 
Rowman & Littlefield (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 15. Juli 2020
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 282 Seiten
978-1-7936-2000-2 (ISBN)
 
What does it mean for our understanding of history if we assume that everything is physical and that no immaterial entities, forces, or phenomena exist? A Materialist Philosophy of History: : A Realist Antidote to Postmodernism examines the implications of a materialist worldview in contemporary philosophy of history. Materialism has wide-ranging consequences for historical research as well as for the credibility of various conceptions of the historical past. Branko Mitrovic shows how these implications pertain both to the nature of social institutions and the capacities of historical figures to decide, act, acquire beliefs, and communicate and to the methodology of historical research and problems, such as the interpretation and the translation of historical documents. A materialist view also entails rejecting the view that forces such as culture, language, or society can construct physical reality or that the historical past is constructed through the work of the historian. This book examines these consequences and presents a comprehensive materialist perspective on historical research and the understanding of the historical past.
  • Englisch
  • Lanham, MD
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  • USA
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
978-1-7936-2000-2 (9781793620002)

Branko Mitrovic is professor at Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Trondheim, Norway.
Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: Realism

Chapter 2: Individualism

Chapter 3: Free Will

Chapter 4: Thoughts and Contents

Chapter 5: Language

Chapter 6: Essentialism

Chapter 7: Contexts and Rationality

Chapter 8: Understanding, Interpretation and Translation

Chapter 9: Transparency

Conclusion: Materialism and Humanist Values, or: How is Idealism Possible?

Appendix: On not Seeing-As

Bibliography

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