‘An Introduction to the Philosophy of History’ by William Henry Walsh

Published by Thoemmes in 1961.


In the English-speaking world, philosophy of history has always been regarded with suspicion. Neither logical positivism nor ordinary language philosophy has any place for grand synthetic views about history and its significance.

In this work Walsh, drawing heavily on Collingwood, first seeks to draw the attention of his fellow philosophers to the metaphysical and epistemological questions raised by the study of History: historical explanation, the nature of historical facts, and the possibility of objectivity in history.

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