Human Nature and Historical Knowledge
Hume, Hegel and Vico
By (author) Leon Pompa
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Human Nature and Historical Knowledge by Leon Pompa
Book DescriptionThis book presents a study of the nature and conditions of historical knowledge, conducted through a study of the relevant theories of Hume, Hegel and Vico. It is usually thought that in order to establish historical facts, we have to have a theory of human nature to support our arguments. Hume, Hegel and Vico all subscribed to this view, and are therefore discussed in detail. Professor Pompa goes on to argue that there is in fact no way of discovering anything about human nature except through historical investigation. It is necessary therefore to find a different way of thinking about how we discover historical facts. This is done in the last chapter where, in opposition to almost all present views, it is argued that we must have a framework of inherited knowledge before we can believe in anything which results from historical enquiry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521892209
(216mm x 138mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Leon Pompa
Vico: The First New Science, Paperback (July 2002)
Annotated student edition of Vico's First New Science, an important and previously untranslated text.
Human Nature and Historical Knowledge, Hardback (August 1990)
This is a challenging book about the presuppositions of historical knowledge.
Vico, Paperback (June 1990)» View all books by Leon Pompa
The only work devoted almost exclusively to an interpretation of Vico's The New Science.
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