History and Narrative
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Philosophy
Course Number: GPHI 6693
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Liberal Arts
Does history consist of telling stories about the past? If so, should it be evaluated as a literary genre (narrative), rather than as an empirical, social science? This is the view put forward by Arthur Danto, Hayden White, and Paul Ricoeur, among others. Then what happens to the distinction between fictional and non-fictional narrative? Can history claim to tell the truth about the past? In this seminar we will examine the views of philosophers, historians and other theorists of history on these matters.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions