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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (September 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444337882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444337884
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Like the encompassing nature of the other volumes in the Blackwell Companion to Philosophy series, undergraduate students and scholars with a serious interest in philosophical problems related to history and historiography should benefit from the newest Companion." (Reviews in Religion & Theology, 2012)

"This volume does a fine job of showing the field's connections to many of the central concerns of contemporary philosophy. Part Four offers essays addressing the traditional schools and issues of philosophy of history and historiography, as well as valuable essays on postmodernism, Muslim philosophy of history, and philosophy of history at the end of the Cold War, among other topics. Recommended." (Choice, June 2009)

"Tucker is to be congratulated…for conceiving of this work, and for soliciting, selecting, organizing, and editing its essays—all of which were written especially for the volume. [E]ach essay presents a particular author's take on a subject, often ending with further questions and suggestions. In this way it resembles a conversational partner who accompanies one along the way, stimulating further reflection as well as providing interesting information and observations. A companion literally is someone who breaks bread with another (com: with; panis: bread), and it certainly is the case that these essays—so clearly written, so mercifully manageable in length, and so sharp in focus—collectively and individually provide a great deal of food for thought.
[T]he range and scope of the volume…is impressive by any standard. The fact that the authors are world-class authorities in the areas in which they are writing, and that they have made a special effort (prodded, no doubt, by its editor), to write in clear, jargon-free prose, makes evident the appeal and usefulness of the book. Too, the book is handsomely produced and well copy-edited by Wiley-Blackwell." (Brian Fay, Journal of the Philosophy of History)

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"Since the writing of history is part of the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, the philosophical questions pertaining thereto have often been isolated from each other. Not so here. This volume is full of riches."
Elliott Sober, University of Wisconsin

"Anyone interested in thinking about history, from the great systems to analyzing how historians support their truth claims, will find these expert essays a splendid introduction."
Richard Vann, Senior Editor, History and Theory


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Milliern on December 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
This companion to the philosophy of history provides a valuable contribution to literature, from that standpoint that its essays, collectively, provide an introductory foray into nearly every major category one can think of. Many of the essays are non-argumentative, allowing for novel-like reading. Personally, I have not encountered a body of essays so quickly and easily digested, when it comes to a genre possessing any kind of substantial import. While there were a few essays that I felt were significantly weaker than the field, and, in reflection, not quite sure what nuggets of value could be taken away, the majority of the essays provide concentrated doses of much larger discussions. The content filtering and condensation into these essays by the individual authors is a testament to the editor, with whom I was previously unfamiliar, as the effectiveness of each can be affirmed by simple perusal.

I would summarize this volume’s greatest positive attributes by saying that the writing, front to finish, is extraordinarily clear, the topics and authors extremely well chosen, and the bent/approach of each essay being novel enough that, (I imagine) had I previously read a companion to the philosophy of history and historiography, I would still find value in numerous essays in this volume.

I would recommend this work to philosophers, who, if only reading one book on the topic, this should be the volume used for the survey. I also recommend this work to every historian, especially undergraduate historians-in-training and master’s degree students.
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Clearly written and covers all of the essential aspects of the place of historiography in the intellectual firmament and provides some very insightful observations on the philosophy of history as it has evolved.
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