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Objectivity Is Not Neutrality: Explanatory Schemes in History

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In Objectivity Is Not Neutrality, Thomas L. Haskell argues for a moderate historicism that acknowledges the force of perspective and reaffirms the pluralistic practices of a liberal democratic society—even while upholding time-honored distinctions between fact and fiction, scholarship and propaganda, right and might. Haskell addresses questions that will interest philosoph ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published October 13th 2000 by Johns Hopkins University Press (first published 1997)
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Aug 05, 2014 V. rated it really liked it
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I only read the introduction and the sixth chapter, but from those, I could get enlightening ideas, and a redefinition of the concept of objectivity, reading as an answer both to those left hopeless by the "linguistic turn" and to those who claim that objectivity is the paramount of history. I wish I could read the rest of it.
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"In Objectivity Is Not Neutrality, Thomas L. Haskell argues for a moderate historicism that acknowledges the force of perspective and reaffirms the pluralistic practices of a liberal democratic society—even while upholding time-honored distinctions between fact and fiction, scholarship and propaganda, right and might. Haskell addresses questions that will interest philosophers and literary theorists no less than historians, exploring topics ranging from the productivity of sl
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Can we justify our deeply held moral beliefs as valid in a deterministic, post-modern world? Haskell the historian here wrestles honestly with his own commitment to progressive values and his knowledge as an historian that such values are the product of historical conditioning. And he does it in clear prose that we ordinary readers can comprehend, not post-modern mishmash.
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