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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Danto’s Dialectic
Author(s): Haddock, Adrian
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Keywords: Arthur C. Danto
Philosophy of history
Critical philosophy
Transcendental Dialectic
Historical knowledge
Narrative sentences
Ideal Chronicle
Progressive tense
Historical foreknowledge
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Citation: Haddock A (2008) Danto’s Dialectic, Philosophia, 36 (4), pp. 483-493.
Abstract: Arthur C. Danto’s Analytical Philosophy of History has a Kantian ambition: to state the conditions that make historical knowledge possible and to show “the unhappy destiny” that attends attempts to extend modes of representation beyond these conditions. Even though Danto’s book fails to achieve this ambition, it succeeds in making a number of important—if neglected—suggestions in the course of its attempt. One concerns the significance of the progressive tense for our thinking about human agency. Another concerns the way agency can impact negatively on the possibility of foreknowledge.
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