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By Aviezer Tucker

The fifty entries during this Companion disguise the most matters within the philosophies of historiography and historical past, together with traditional historical past and the practices of historians.• Written by means of a global and multi-disciplinary crew of experts• A state-of-the-art up to date photo of present examine within the field• a part of the well known Blackwell Companions sequence

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Some time ago the term histoire raisonnée or conjectural history was also popular. There is little agreement about the terminology, but every expression indicates some kind of link between philosophy and history – a problematic linkage, since the terms represent an opposition, not unlike that between synchrony and diachrony, generality and singularity, or holism and individualism. The 26 A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography Edited by Aviezer Tucker © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

This is a process of becoming spiritual, a path to perfection. Some thinkers also applied John the Baptist’s apocalyptic prophecy to history: for them, a final battle with the forces of evil will be followed by Resurrection and the Final Judgment. Various problems which the philosophy of history has tackled in the modern period appeared already in the middle ages: The relation between good god and evil in the history; the attempts to justify God in the form of a theodicy; and the problem of the relation between God’s prescience (involving predestination) and free will (libre arbitre).

Philosophy of history has many near-synonyms, notably: philosophical history, historical philosophy, (meta)theory of history, theoretical history, logic of history, meta-history, historiosophy, and anachronic historiography. Some time ago the term histoire raisonnée or conjectural history was also popular. There is little agreement about the terminology, but every expression indicates some kind of link between philosophy and history – a problematic linkage, since the terms represent an opposition, not unlike that between synchrony and diachrony, generality and singularity, or holism and individualism.

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