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Theorieorientierung und Theorieskepsis in der Geschichtswissenschaft: alte und neue Argumente

Kocka, Jürgen

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Abstract The present essay discusses the use of theory in history: It outlines the stimuli which have led to a growing application of theory in West German historiography of the last two de­cades. It also discusses old and new objections against the use of theory in the writing of history, including most re­cent developments (Alltagsgescbichte). Quantification and the use of theory in history is another topic being dealt with. The essay concludes with a summary of arguments for and against the use of theory in history, stressing its po­sitive functions and results. (author's abstract)
Keywords science of history; theory; Federal Republic of Germany; historiography; quantification; conception of history; understanding of science
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology
Document language German
Publication Year 1982
Page/Pages p. 4-19
Journal Historical Social Research (1982) 23
ISSN 0172-6404