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Hayden White, Hardback Book

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This new book offers a clear and accessible exposition of Hayden White's thought.

In an engaging and wide-ranging analysis, Herman Paul discusses White's core ideas and traces the development of these ideas from the mid-1950s to the present.

Starting with White's medievalist research and youthful fascination for French existentialism, Paul shows how White became increasingly convinced that historical writing is a moral activity.

He goes on to argue that the critical concepts that have secured White's fame - trope, plot, discourse, figural realism - all stem from his desire to explicate the moral claims and perceptions underlying historical writing.

White emerges as a passionate thinker, a restless rebel against scientism, and a defender of existentialist humanist values.

This innovative introduction will appeal to students and scholars across the humanities, and help develop a critical understanding of an increasingly important thinker.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History: theory & methods
  • ISBN: 9780745650135

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