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This chapter focuses on one of the central themes of the narrativist philosophy of historiography, constructivism, as outlined in the previous chapter. More specifically, the analysis centers on ontological constructivism, that is, the question of whether historiography creates and adds something that is not given in historical reality. With regard to this, the most relevant and interesting type of historical knowledge is colliga- tory - knowledge which collects and integrates first-order information under unifying expressions.

It should be said at the outset that I agree with narrativism that historiography is constructivist in the above-mentioned sense. Having said this, it is important to again remind the reader that I do not agree with narrativist views regarding the central function of historiography and the role of unifying expressions in historiographical texts. In other words, my disagreement with narrativism concerns the suggestion that texts of history form undecomposable wholes and that they should be characterized as representations. These two themes, representationalism and holism, were already studied in the previous chapters.

 
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