Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

The Inevitability of Epistemology in Historiography: Theory, History, and Zombie Mormon History

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
3/28/2014
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
100 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, epistemology, history, lds, mormon, Mormonism, positivism

Fundamental changes have occurred in the historical profession over the past thirty years. The central revolutionary change is that workers in the historical profession can no longer ignore theory and philosophy of history. A built-in resistance to theory causes historians to abjure philosophical analysis of their discipline at a time when such analysis is recognized to be indispensable. If one doesn’t have an explicit theory, one will appropriate one uncritically, without the felt need to articulate and defend the theory. The dominant theory in history over the past century has been positivism, a conception of disciplinary work that ruled history and the social sciences during the twentieth century but has been stripped of rhetorical and persuasive power over the past three decades. Although positivism has been overwhelmingly rejected by theoretically informed historians, it continues to dominate among the vast majority of historians, who fear adulterating history with philosophical examination.

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