The essential tension : historical knowledge between past and present
1University of Oulu
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe20231102142380
John Wiley & Sons,
|Publish Date:|| 2023-11-02
In this article, I scrutinize knowledge as it operates in historiography. Historians find themselves in a peculiar position: they need to employ the tools available to them in their present in order to say true things about a past that might have been very different. I argue that our knowledge of the past is best understood through an informational account of knowledge and a coherentist account of justification. In this framework, knowledge claims about the past and anachronisms introduce no special epistemic problems for historiography, and once the logic of historical (re)description and evaluation is understood, historiography stands firm among the historical sciences in terms of the feasibility of its goal of speaking truthfully about the past.
History & theory
|Pages:||513 - 533|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
615 History and archaeology
© Wesleyan University 2021. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: GANGL, G. (2021), THE ESSENTIAL TENSION: HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT. History and Theory, 60: 513-533, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/hith.12226. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.