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Ann Michelle Baker
PHIL 465
Seattle Campus

Philosophy of History

Analyses of basic concepts employed in historical interpretation, and study of some of the principal philosophers of history, such as Plato, Saint Augustine, Hegel, Marx, Spengler, Toynbee.

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For the purposes of this course, we will assume that the Philosophy of History has something to do with the practice of historical research. Some of the questions we will ask are: Is history an art or a science?Does historical inquiry produce knowledge, or understanding, or meaning(or something else)? What is the subject matter of historical inquiry? Are there historical facts? Are historical explanations causal explanations? What is the role of objectivity in historical research? We will study the work of philosophers and historians to answer these questions, as well as others that will arise in the course of our study.

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Last Update by Beverly A Wessel
Date: 02/16/2005