On Science of History and History of Science: Marxist Historiography and Its Misperceptions

Varghese, George K (2010) On Science of History and History of Science: Marxist Historiography and Its Misperceptions. Journal of Polity and Society, 3 (1). pp. 54-74.

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Abstract

Science approaches history and history writing with due conceptual caution. There is something "unhistorical" that strongly goes with the general spirit of science. It considers other forms of narrative as seriously blighted with non-empirical excesses and history also falls into this group along with poetry and literature. That is why if an eminent scientist writes the history of science that would only go to impair his or her professional reputation. Writing histories and text books are vocations taken up by seicntists only after retirement from their active profession. Their prestige as scientists is identified with the highly scholarly and terse papers they produce that ideally should be intelligible only to a few professionals in their specialized field. There is a sound reason behind this conundrum.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email lib.mhl@manipal.edu
Date Deposited: 31 May 2011 06:24
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2011 04:51
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/100

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