Chapter 16. Anti-Realism about the Past

  1. Aviezer Tucker
  1. Fabrice Pataut

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304916.ch16

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

How to Cite

Pataut, F. (2008) Anti-Realism about the Past, in A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography (ed A. Tucker), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304916.ch16

Editor Information

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

Author Information

  1. Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 24 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149082

Online ISBN: 9781444304916

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Keywords:

  • constructionists - anti-realist philosophers of historiography;
  • types of anti-realist constructionisms - determined constructionism, underdetermined constructionism, skeptical constructionism;
  • realism vs. anti-realism in semantics of mathematical language;
  • anti-realism about empirical realm and about the past;
  • anti-realist interpretation of historiography;
  • generality and holistic explanations;
  • objectivity of historiography

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Realism vs. Anti-realism in the Semantics of Mathematical Language

  • Anti-realism about the Empirical Realm and, in Particular, about the Past

  • Historical Significance and Historical Insignificance

  • Generality and Holistic Explanations

  • The Objectivity of Historiography

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography

  • Further Reading