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dc.contributor.advisorBaker, Brenda M.
dc.contributor.authorBeards, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2005-08-05T16:52:33Z
dc.date.available2005-08-05T16:52:33Z
dc.date.issued1992
dc.identifier.citationBeards, A. (1992). Objectivity and historical understanding (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/24604en_US
dc.identifier.isbn0315753153en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/31096
dc.descriptionBibliography: p. 241-247.en
dc.description.abstractThis work is both an Introduction to the philosophy of Bernard Lonergan and an essay in the application of his approach in the areas of contemporary epistemology and philosophy of historiography. The first Part of the work is an exposition and defence of Lonergan 's position on cognitional structure and epistemology. Attention is focused upon the way Lonergan's thought in this area compares and contrasts with recent work on epistemology and the possibility of objective knowing by such philosophers as Hintikka, Mackie, Davidson, Rorty and Wittgenstein. I defend Lonergan's attempt to argue that denials of the possibility of objective knowledge are self-referentially incoherent, and that, when properly understood, the reversal of such denials substantiates a position on cognition and epistemology. The second part of the work considers the way Lonergan builds upon his work in epistemology to outline an approach to problems concerning objectivity in the knowledge of History. After an exposition of Lonergan's thought on objectivity in historical knowledge, I proceed to examine ways in which his work in this area contributes to discussions on such issues as the criteria of selection used by historians and the place of value-judgements in historical writing. I argue that Lonergan's designation of the goal of historical writing as "understanding what was going forward in the human community in the past" is a useful one. In the final chapters of the work I employ elements from Lonergan's position to argue against some of the views put forward by Hayden White, Louis Mink and others, concerning the "subjectivity" of the historian's account of past developments. In a way akin to that of David Carr (but without Carr's dependence on Husserl) I argue that there is good evidence for the belief that reality does have an aspect to it which may be described in the "narrative" accounts of historians.
dc.format.extentvii, 263 leaves ; 30 cm.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subject.lccBX 4705 L7133 B43 1992en
dc.subject.lcshLonergan, Bernard J. F. (Bernard Joseph Francis), 1904-1984 - Contributions in philosophy of history
dc.titleObjectivity and historical understanding
dc.typedoctoral thesis
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/24604
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
dc.identifier.lccBX 4705 L7133 B43 1992en
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
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ucalgary.thesis.accessionTheses Collection 58.002:Box 808 520535195


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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.