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Lecture Historical Theory by Paul Roth: Narrative as Explanation

  • Paul Roth
Tuesday 22 March 2016
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 2
2311 BZ Leiden

On Tuesday 22 March the Institute for History welcomes the American philosopher and historical theorist Paul Roth. 

In this lecture, Roth will shed new light on the concept of narrative explanation. His lecture will deal with the topic of explanation in historical scholarship. In contrast to many of their colleagues in other academic disciplines, historians are well familiar with explanations that take a narrative form. But what sort of explanations do historians offer when they profess to explain by way of narrative? And how can we evaluate these explanations, given that they tend to remain more implicit than explanations based on patterns or laws?

The lecture will start at 15:00h.
At 16:00h we will continue with a discussion.
Finally, we will round up with drinks at 17:00h.

Please register by sending an e-mail to: j.barreveld@umail.leidenuniv.nl
To come well prepared to the lecture, we recommend two short publications by Roth.
These will be sent to you by e-mail when you sign up.

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