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Review: DISCIPLINE, PHILOSOPHY, AND HISTORY: Historical Judgement: The Limits of Historiographical Choice by Jonathan Gorman

Reviewed Work: Historical Judgement: The Limits of Historiographical Choice by Jonathan Gorman
Review by: JOHN ZAMMITO
History and Theory
Vol. 49, No. 2 (May 2010), pp. 289-303
Published by: Wiley for Wesleyan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40864446
Page Count: 15
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DISCIPLINE, PHILOSOPHY, AND HISTORY
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Abstract

Gorman proposes to investigate historical practice under the rubric of a philosophy of disciplines. Such philosophy must first "recover historically" the self-constitution of the discipline in order then to appraise its procedures for warranting claims. Gorman's concept of discipline would have profited from consulting the substantial body of empirical research and theory regarding disciplinarity, and his "historical recovery" of the discipline of history leaves a lot to be desired. These insufficiencies vitiate the interesting arguments he has to offer concerning the question of the truth-claims of whole historical accounts. A better reconstruction of disciplinarity might also have provided him with stronger rejoinders to the postmodern challenge to historical practice that he sees himself called to rebut.

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