More than true: the rhetorical function of counterfactuals in historiography

  title={More than true: the rhetorical function of counterfactuals in historiography},
  author={Adam Kożuchowski},
  journal={Rethinking History},
  pages={337 - 356}
In this paper I discuss the practical uses of counterfactuals as elements of historical narratives. This problem, I argue, has been neglected by theoreticians, focusing on the question of the cognitive value of counterfactual arguments, and of distinguishing ‘insightful’ counterfactuals from ‘vacuous’ and ‘rhetorical’ ones. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the basic function of counterfactuals, as they appear in historical narratives, is rhetorical, and that, contrary to the… 
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