Do Historians Study the Mechanisms of History? A Sketch

@inproceedings{Plenge2014DoHS,
  title={Do Historians Study the Mechanisms of History? A Sketch},
  author={D. Plenge},
  year={2014}
}
In this exploratory sketch, I move across the boundaries of philosophy of historiography to social science and its philosophy. If we want to answer the central question of this chapter, we need to know what types of scientific problems historians are interested in, what history is, and what mechanisms are. I sketch the most prominent theories of social mechanisms in the context of wider ontological approaches. I investigate Mario Bunge’s “Emergentist Systemism,” “Critical Realism” in the… Expand
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