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In this major work, an overview of the structure of historical writing, Maurice Mandelbaum clarifies some of the problems concerning the nature of history as a discipline, of what constitutes explanation in history, and whether historical knowledge is as reliable as other forms of knowledge. The work is divided into three parts. The first part provides an analytic account of different types of historical inquiry. The second treats at length the nature of causal explanation in everyday life and in science and considers the relation between causes and laws. The final part analyzes the concept of objectivity and estimates both the extent to which the inquiries of historians can be said to be objective and the limits of that objectivity in some types of historical accounts.

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  1. Cover
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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Part One: History and Its Modes
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  1. Chapter One: Unity and Diversity in Historical Studies
  2. pp. 3-23
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  1. Chapter Two: Varieties of Structure in Historical Accounts
  2. pp. 24-45
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  1. Part Two: Causation
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  1. Chapter Three: Causal Beliefs in Everyday Life
  2. pp. 49-79
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  1. Chapter Four: Causes, Necessity, and Laws
  2. pp. 80-108
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  1. Chapter Five: On What and Why in History
  2. pp. 109-142
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  1. Part Three: Objectivity
  2. p. 143
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  1. Chapter Six: Objectivity and Its Limits
  2. pp. 145-168
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  1. Chapter Seven: Objectivity, Causation, and Laws
  2. pp. 169-194
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  1. Appendix A: Hume
  2. pp. 195-198
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  1. Appendix B: Hart and Honoré
  2. pp. 199-203
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-225
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-230
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421431987
Related ISBN
9781421431970
MARC Record
OCLC
1122729752
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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