Table of contents for The historians' paradox : the study of history in our time / Peter Charles Hoffer.

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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
About the Author

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History -- Philosophy.