Is History Real? A Cautious Answer


This paper cautiously affirms history as real, in three stages: we begin, 1) by briefly reviewing the historical swings between the objective view of history and the relative view of history, followed by, 2) our careful inquiry into how history is composed by “I”, “here”, and “now” spontaneously spreading in time, and finally, 3) in the light of this consideration we argue for our cautious answer, “history is real”, as 4), we define “caution” and “real”.

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Tang, R. (2014) Is History Real? A Cautious Answer. Open Journal of Philosophy, 4, 439-444. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2014.43048.

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