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Truth, Narrative, and the Materiality of Memory: An Externalist Approach in the Philosophy of History

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posted on 2023-05-17, 03:49 authored by Jeffery MalpasJeffery Malpas
One of the most influential and significant developments in the philosophy of language over the last thirty years has been the rise of externalist conceptions of content. This essay aims to explore the implications of a form of externalism, largely derived from the work of Donald Davidson, for thinking about history, and in so doing to suggest one way in which contemporary philosophy of language may engage with contemporary philosophy of history. Much of the discussion focuses on the elaboration of the externalism that is at issue, along with the holistic approach to content with which it is connected. It will be argued that such holistic externalism is itself thoroughly in keeping with the very character of historical inquiry itself, and can be seen to provide an underpinning to certain contemporary developments in historical thinking. © 2010 Brill.

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Publication title

Journal of the Philosophy of History

Volume

4

Issue

3-4

Pagination

328-353

ISSN

1872-261X

Department/School

School of Humanities

Publisher

Brill

Place of publication

Leiden

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  • Restricted

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Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies

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