Historiography between Objectivism and Subjectivism
The essence of my view on narrativism and on justification in historiography has now been outlined. There are still a number of topics with wider philosophical significance that must be discussed. The first concerns the question of the objectivity and subjectivity of historiography. I will approach this issue by considering the senses in which historical knowledge can be said to be 'object-sided' on the one hand and 'subject-sided' on the other. In relation to this, I will analyze what is meant by claims that something is 'real' and by assertions that something is 'constructed'. Given that I have defined historiography as a rational practice that tries to construct arguments with rationally warranted conclusions, it will also be necessary to consider the question of what 'rationality' is. How strongly rationally compelling can historiographical theses be and how widely can their rational force extend?
These all are very broad topics. I deal with them from the angle of this book and only in so far as they are relevant to its specified context. Nevertheless, I hope that this discussion will provide a framework for the claims of this book and can offer fresh insights for further debate in the philosophy of historiography and related subjects.