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Empiricism and History

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 163
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Theory and History

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16 August 2003

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28 December 2015

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The central doctrine of empiricism - that true knowledge or understanding of the world comes ultimately from sense impressions - underlies most of the practices and arguments of professional historians, but many historians...

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The central doctrine of empiricism - that true knowledge or understanding of the world comes ultimately from sense impressions - underlies most of the practices and arguments of professional historians, but many historians have denied that there is a theory behind what they do. In the last twenty years, however, postmodernism has had a powerful effect on the discipline of history and is now forcing empiricist historians to articulate their methods, and to defend them as both possible and virtuous. In this concise introduction, Stephen Davies explains what historians mean by empiricism, examines the origins, growth and persistence of empirical methods, and shows how students can apply these methods to their own work.

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A concise and accessible introductory guide to the empirical approach to the study of history
Examines a highly topical debate
Includes a helpful glossary and a section on further reading to aid study

Introduction
The Creation of Empirical History
The Perfection of Empirical History
The Transformation of Biography in Empirical History
The Empirical History of Institutions
Political History The Master Topic?
Economic History and Empiricism
History of Ideas -The Empirical Turn
Conclusion
Glossary
Notes
Further Reading
Index.

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STEPHEN DAVIES is Senior Lecturer in History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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STEPHEN DAVIES is Senior Lecturer in History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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