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Contents Introduction: Why History Is Impossible, and Necessary All the Same Chapter 1: It Would Be Logical to Assume . . . Can we really know about the past? Maybe we can. All about facts, deduction, inference, and reasoning. Chapter 2: What Is Wrong with This Argument? Historians use facts to make arguments. Sometimes those arguments are wrongheaded. But historians can learn to do better. Chapter 3: Historians and the Loaded Question Historians are not above asking the loaded question, and its benign cousins, the hypothetical and the rhetorical questions, are a useful part of historical analysis and teaching. Chapter 4: Cause for Alarm Historical causation in words and with numbers is a vital part of our scholarship, and any philosophy of history. Chapter 5: One of Us Is Lying And why not? Historians lie, and some entire histories are lies for hire or profit. But lying is a part of history too that can be turned to good use. Chapter 6: The Politics of History and History in Politics Historians have their own politics and politicians use history all the time. Strange bedfellows, and a lesson for both. Chapter 7: Historians in the Marketplace Historians are not just scholars or teachers. They are pitchmen and popularizers. What does that mean for a philosophy of history? Let=s ask game theory. Chapter 8: Uncertainties Are historians= words also things? Can historians find patterns in the chaos of the evidence? Can there be a true history, or will history always be relative to the time and place of its students? Chapter 9: Historians Confront the Problem of Evil The oldest and most vexing of historical dilemmas, and the one that historians alone may be able to solve. Conclusion: A Bridge to the Past Glossary All the terminology introduced in the text, explained one more time. A Very Brief Bibliographical Essay Index About the Author
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History -- Philosophy.