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Narratives, Events & Monotremes: The Philosophy of History in Practice

Currie, Adrian (2023) Narratives, Events & Monotremes: The Philosophy of History in Practice. [Preprint]

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Significant work in the philosophy of history has focused on the writing of historiographical narratives, isolated from the rest of what historians do. Taking my cue from the philosophy of science in practice, I suggest that understanding historical narratives as embedded within historical practice more generally is fruitful. I illustrate this by bringing a particular instance of historical practice, Natalie Lawrence’s explanation of the sad fate of Winston the Platypus, into dialogue with some of Louis Mink’s arguments in favour of anti-realism about historical events. Attending to how historians seek out and utilize archival resources puts serious pressure on these arguments, motivates realist positions, and re-focuses the philosophy of history towards making sense of historiography as a part of the diversity of historians’ interests.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Currie, Adrian
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Historical Sciences
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Dr Adrian Currie
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 14:55
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 14:55
Item ID: 21763
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Historical Sciences
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21763

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