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Historiography: Historiography is the study of the writing of history. It examines how historians have interpreted historical events and trends, and how their interpretations have changed over time. Historiography also explores the different methods and theories that historians use to study the past. See also History, Historism.
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Gerald A. Cohen on Historiography - Dictionary of Arguments

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Historiography/historical marxism/history/Cohen, Gerald/Levine, Andrew: Historical materialism was of nearly as much concern to early analytical Marxism as was justice. ((s) Cf. >Justice/Marxism
, >Marxism/Levine). But with the publication in 1978 of G. A. Cohen’s Karl Marx’s Theory of History: A Defence(1) the topic assumed a pre-eminent importance (see further Wright, Levine and Sober, 1992(2); Shaw, 1978(3)).
Marx: for Marx, the inner workings of capitalism and other modes of production are only intelligible as part of an endogenous process of development and transformation. Historical materialism provides an account of this process.
Teleology/causality/Cohen: Cohen ‘naturalized’ this theory, assimilating it into the intellectual mainstream. In doing so, he showed how Marx’s theory of history, unlike Hegel’s, is not teleological. Scientists from at least the seventeenth century on rejected the notion of teleological causality, the idea that to explain a phenomenon is to discover the ‘end’ or telos towards which it tends. Historical materialism, on Cohen’s reconstruction, joins the scientific consensus. Cohen made it clear that Marxism is equipped to supply and defend an account of history’s structure and direction that in no way compromises modern understandings of causality and explanation. >History/Cohen.

1. Cohen, G. A. (1978) Karl Marx’s Theory of History: A Defence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Wright, Erik Olin, Andrew Levine and Elliot Sober (1992) Reconstructing Marxism: Essays on Explanation and the Theory of History. London: Verso.
3. Shaw, William H. (1978) Marx’s Theory of History. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Levine, Andrew 2004. A future for Marxism?“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Cohen I
Laurence Jonathan Cohen
"Some Remarks on Grice’s Views about the Logical Particals of Natural Languages", in: Y. Bar-Hillel (Ed), Pragmatics of Natural Languages, Dordrecht 1971, pp. 50-68
Handlung, Kommunikation, Bedeutung, Georg Meggle, Frankfurt/M. 1979

Cohen II
Laurence Jonathan Cohen
"Mr. Strawson’s Analysis of Truth", Analysis 10 (1950) pp. 136-140
Theories of Truth, Paul Horwich, Aldershot 1994

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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