Philosophy of History After Hayden White (Bloomsbury Studies in American Philosophy)
Two reasons are of particular importance.
This helps explain why analytically inspired philosophers of history Kuukkanen , 25 Kleinberg, Haunting History, 3. Paul, , What are the marks of a humanist historian? And how would a humanist history of Europe look like? Collingwood and his Italian source of inspiration, Benedetto Croce,31 the second one resulted in a two- volume textbook on liberal humanism in Europe, co-authored with Willson H.
Coates and J. Salwyn Schapiro. Allen D.
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Coates, Hayden V. White, and J. Coates and Hayden V. This, then, is the White to whom philosophers of history interested in narrative explanation can relate most productively.
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Criticism from all sides This is only one part of the story, however. This amounts to more than saying that White loved to be polemical, both in teaching and writing, and let no occasion pass to challenge an audience. Robert Doran London: Bloomsbury, , 1- 33, at 2. In addition, by not sufficiently acknowledging that these sources set constraints to what historians can say about the past, White runs a risk of erasing genre boundaries between history and fiction.
For Lorenz, therefore, the problem with White is that he fails to explain what historians are actually doing. Although there are other figures who enjoy positions of relative prominence in the field, none of them is quoted as often and criticized as heavily as the author of Metahistory. It is important to keep in mind that White did never seek the central position that his work now occupies in the network called philosophy of history. White was a bricoleur who enjoyed playing the role of provocateur and felt most at home in marginal spaces that allowed for dreaming, experimenting, and criticizing established practices.
The central position that White occupies in the network called philosophy of history is one that has become increasingly independent of the author himself.
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This brings us back to the question with which I started: Does the death of White mark the end of an era in philosophy of history? Yet it is equally sure that his work occupies a rather unique position as a shared point of reference for philosophers of history engaged in the most diverse of projects.
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