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Meaning, Truth, and Reference in Historical Representation

Frank Ankersmit


This book provides a systematic account of the problems of reference, truth, and meaning in historical writing. It works from the conviction that the historicist account of historical writing, associated primarily with Leopold von Ranke and Wilhelm von Humboldt, is essentially correct but that its original idealist and romanticist idiom needs to be translated into more modern terms. Rehabilitating historicism for the contemporary philosophy of history, the book argues, “reveals the basic truths about the nature of the past itself, how we relate to it, and how we make sense of the past in histo ... More

Keywords: historical writing, reference, truth, meaning, Leopold von Ranke, Wilhelm von Humboldt, political history, historicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450716
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank Ankersmit, author
Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History and Philosophy of History, Groningen University