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The German Historicist Tradition$
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Frederick C. Beiser

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691555.001.0001

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Chladenius and the New Science of History

Chladenius and the New Science of History

(p.27) 1 Chladenius and the New Science of History
The German Historicist Tradition

Frederick C. Beiser

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an introduction to the work of Johann Martin Chladenius (1710–59), who is the grandfather of German historicism. An introductory section discusses his early reputation and later revival. The second section is an examination of his hermeneutics, his theory of textual interpretation. The next five sections are devoted to Chladenius's historics, i.e., his theory of history. They consider his views on the scientific status of history, his perspectivalism, and his response to historical skepticism.

Keywords:   Chladenius, hermeneutics, historics, perspectivalism, German Vico

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