Philosophy of History

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Course Code: 
PHI 2105
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
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Course Description & Objectives: 

The course undertakes a critical analysis of the work and methods of historians investigating into some of the approaches to the writing, interpretation and criticism of history, and various historical theories arising therefrom, the nature and status of historical inquiry and historical explanation as compared to scientific explanation. Other areas of consideration are determinism in history, historicism, holism and individualism, historical objectivity, the problem of selection, historical inevitability, problems of historiography, sources and evidence, oral history, the question of moral judgments in history, historical methodology; truth and fact in history; the ideal of a value-free historiography; selectivity and subjectivity  in history.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Course Objective:

  • The course aims at enabling participants understand the dynamics of historical development. It helps students investigate the philosophical undercurrents that are shaping history
Learning Outcomes: 

Students are expected to:

  • Know the major views in philosophy of history
  • Understand the dynamics of the development of history in human society
  • Understand the nature of historical rhythms and themes and how they emerge
Philosophy of History
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