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Narrative Logic:A Semantic Analysis of the Historian's by Franklin Ankersmit

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Internal questions can be posed only on the basis of something mentioned in the narratio itself; “external questions” may be formulated from any conceivable perspective. For instance, reading some general description of diplomatic and military events during the First World War, one may ask how much cheese was produced in Russia in 1915, while in this particular account of World War I there is no suggestion of cheese-production being at all relevant for an interpretation of the course of events.

27. H. Shaw, Marx's theory of history, Stanford 1978; especially Chapter 1. Just as Fain Munz assigns to speculative philosophies of history the task of indicating which aspects of the past can be meaningfully related. See Munz (2); p. ) to increase the number of intelligible relationships". 45 with considerable freedom through these different layers and probably the best historical writing is that in which this is done most successfully. I think, therefore, that something is wrong with Pain’s metaphysical “Schichten”-theory.

13. e. g. "men wore wigs in Europe in the 18th century") should be dissolved into singular, constative statements and not be seen as universal statements. 31 CHAPTER II THE IDEAL NARRATIO Our inquiry into the nature of the narratio would be facilitated if we could establish what a narratio in its ideal form looks like. If it is possible to cleanse existing narratios of all their accidental contingencies and epiphenomena, the result of such a purification will be - we would hope - the narratio in its pure or “ideal” form.

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