The Virtues of Methodological Pluralism in Historical Accounts
Rix, Matthew Edward
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The purpose of the "history of historiography" is two-fold. First, it will demonstrate that the search for a univocal method of historiography is misguided. So is the anxiety that besets contemporary historiography that if historians cannot identify a single methodology to guarantee objectivity we will be left with subjectivism. Second, historical inquiry can be characterized as a scientific endeavor with nevertheless artistic elements. The perspectival aspect of the historian's creative action, while having a pluralizing effect, does not necessary plunge historiography into a devastating skepticism; it merely demands that the historian recognize other perspectives as in fact necessary for representing a complex social event more faithfully.