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ERIC Number: EJ1023225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-3831
Narrative Configuration: Some Notes on the Workings of Hindsight
Kvernbekk, Tone
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v57 n6 p639-651 2013
In this paper I analyze the role of hindsight in narrative configuration. Configuration means the grasping together of disparate elements into a coherent whole. I argue that hindsight, importantly, brings the temporal constraints on what we can know to the fore, but is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, hindsight is an indispensable tool both for historical research and for everyday narrative reflection. On the other, it biases our judgments, conceals the contingency of the world, and makes us view results as inevitable. The final part of the paper explores some possible implications of configuration and hindsight for the truth value of narratives.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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