RN Ankersmit Narrative Logic 1983 Intro

{$authorLName} points to the growing dissatisfaction of the historiographical community with the questions of the covering laws or the problems of hermeneutics (p.1), because it sidelines the problem of historians use narratives to give interpretations.1

{$authorLName} then provides a summary of the forthcoming arguments (p.2-3).

{$authorLName} considers history not to be a social science (p.3):

The social sciences can learn more from history than history from the social sciences: historiography is a pure culture of many of the methodological troubles that haunt the social sciences.

While narrative philosophy is at odds with hermeneutic theory or speculative philosophies of history, it has affinity for {$authorLName} to the historist endeavor, exemplified in past masters such as Huizinga, Ranke, Meinecke,2 and in the more contemporary works of Lucien Febvre, Fernand Braudel and Trevor-Roper.

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