Objectivity Is Not Neutrality: Explanatory Schemes in History

Предна корица
JHU Press, 15.11.2000 г. - 440 страници

In Objectivity Is Not Neutrality, Thomas L. Haskell argues for a moderate historicism that acknowledges the force of perspective and reaffirms the pluralistic practices of a liberal democratic society—even while upholding time-honored distinctions between fact and fiction, scholarship and propaganda, right and might. Haskell addresses questions that will interest philosophers and literary theorists no less than historians, exploring topics ranging from the productivity of slave labor to the cultural concomitants of capitalism, from John Stuart Mill's youthful "mental crisis" to the cognitive preconditions that set the stage for antislavery and other humanitarian reforms after 1750. He traces the surprisingly short history of the word responsibility, which turns out to be no older than the United States. He examines the reasons for the rising authority of professional experts in nineteenth-century America. And he wonders whether the epistemological radicalism of recent years leaves us with any adequate basis for justifying human rights—rights of academic freedom, for example, or the right not to be tortured.

Written by a thoughtful critic of the historical profession, Objectivity Is Not Neutrality calls upon historians to think deeply about the nature of historical explanation and to acknowledge more fully than ever before the theoretical dimension of their work.

Между кориците на книгата

Какво казват хората - Напишете рецензия

Не намерихме рецензии на обичайните места.

Съдържание

History Explanatory Schemes
1
Slavery and the Profession of History
25
Time on the Cross
31
The True Tragical History of Time on the Cross
40
Objectivity and Its Institutional Setting
57
A Review of Burton Bledsteins
63
Tawney Durkheim
78
The Curious Persistence of Rights Talk in the
115
Justifying Academic Freedom in the Era of PowerKnowledge
174
The Shifting Conventions of Human Agency
225
Capitalism and the Origins of the Humanitarian Sensibility
235
Part 2
259
Responsibility Convention and the Role of Ideas in History
280
of Capitalism and the Invention of Formalism
318
Notes
369
Index
417

Rhetoric versus Practice
145

Други издания - Преглед на всички

Често срещани думи и фрази

Информация за автора (2000)

Thomas L. Haskell is the McCann Professor of History at Rice University.

Библиография