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Past Facts & the Nature of History

Currie, Adrian and Swaim, Daniel G. (2021) Past Facts & the Nature of History. [Preprint]

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We defend a realist account of history: past facts are discoveries not creations. We show how ‘moderate’ realists, who admit the critical role of perspective, while insisting on history’s metaphysical independence from historians, can accommodate Paul Roth’s arguments in favor of irrealism. Moreover, our position is consistent with a dynamic past: as history unfurls past events gain new properties. Realism is necessary, we argue, to capture substantive disputes within history. It also grounds history’s reflexivity: the point of the continual re-examination of history (and history’s history!) turns in part on there being mind-independent past facts to be had.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Currie, Adrian
Swaim, Daniel G.dswaim@sas.upenn.edu
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Historical Sciences
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr Adrian Currie
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 03:02
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 03:02
Item ID: 18842
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Historical Sciences
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18842

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