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ERIC Number: ED356991
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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Meaning in History: Philosophy and Teaching.
Evans, Ronald W.
This review of philosophy of history examines questions of the meaning and purpose of historical study and draws implications for teaching. The discussion of philosophers of history is organized into six general categories within two broad groups. The two broad groups are analytic philosophers, who generally write about the historian's craft, and speculative philosophers, who attempt explanation of the human saga, or at least a panoramic view of large portions of it. Within each major group there are at least three different, though not always distinct, strains. The analytic philosophers include the scientific historians, relativists, and idealists. Speculative philosophers, or metahistorians, include the metaphysical, empirical, and cosmic. The philosophies of history discussed correspond loosely to teacher conceptions of history found through surveying and interviewing teachers in a recent field study. The teachers studied tended to fall into one of five typologies: storyteller, scientific historian, relativist/reformer, cosmic philosopher, or eclectic, though most teachers exhibited elements of more than one typology. (Contains 37 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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