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Historiographic narratives and empirical evidence - a case study

Wallach, Efraim (2018) Historiographic narratives and empirical evidence - a case study. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Several scholars observed that narratives about the human past are evaluated comparatively. Few attempts have been made, however, to explore how such evaluations are actually done. Here I look at a lengthy "contest" among several historiographic narratives, all constructed to make sense of another one- the biblical story of the conquest of Canaan. I conclude that the preference of such narratives can be construed as a rational choice. In particular, an easily comprehensible and emotionally evocative narrative will give way to a complex and mundane one, when the latter provides a more coherent account of the consensually accepted body of evidence. This points to a fundamental difference between historiographic narratives and fiction, contrary to some influential opinions in the philosophy of historiography. Such historiographic narratives have similarities with hypotheses and narrative explanations in natural science.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wallach, Efraimefiw@netvision.net.il0000-0001-7506-6790
Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article published in Synthese. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-018-02065-w
Keywords: Historiography, Historiographic narratives, Archaeology, Narrative explanations, Case study.
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Mr. Efraim Wallach
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2018 20:18
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2018 20:18
Item ID: 15452
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s11229-018-02065-w
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: December 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15452

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