- Perfect Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers; 1st edition (1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060904984
- ISBN-13: 978-0061315459
- ASIN: 0061315451
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Historians' Fallacies : Toward a Logic of Historical Thought 1st Edition
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This book reminds me of Mortimor Adler's "How to Read a Book" (the original--not the van Doren amplification; or Alfred North Whitehead's "Modes of Thought" or Barbara Hernstein-Smith's "Contingencies of Value." These much read books of mine seem to be called upon, every so often, to reacquaint me with the ways of encountering an event or a process. Fischer probably could have shortened the book by combining a few of his fallacies, but his ways of seeing are myriad and his way of writing clear.
Some of the errors made by historians and the examples provided are a bit "over the top" and as I read about them I wondered if indeed historians really did make those "obvious" and ridiculous errors.
Overall, the book was organized logically, backed up with many specific examples, and a bit heavy to read at times.