Chapter 9. Historical Necessity and Contingency

  1. Aviezer Tucker
  1. Yemima Ben-Menahem

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304916.ch9

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography

How to Cite

Ben-Menahem, Y. (2008) Historical Necessity and Contingency, in A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography (ed A. Tucker), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304916.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Prague, Czech Republic

Author Information

  1. Hebrew University, Israel

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:

  • historical necessity and contingency;
  • necessity and contingency as degrees of stability;
  • necessity (contingency) and description;
  • Cleopatra's nose and other category mistakes;
  • emplotment;
  • prophets of contingency

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Necessity and Contingency as Degrees of Stability

  • Necessity (Contingency) and Description

  • Cleopatra's Nose and Other Category Mistakes

  • Making a Difference

  • Emplotment

  • Prophets of Contingency

  • References