Workshop with Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen "Why History Matters: The Rational Grounding of Historiography"
Based on his award-winning book Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography
Time: 19-22 March 2018
Venue: Jakobi 2-336 (Philosophicum - all classes and public lectures) and Lossi 25 (University of Tartu Museum - visit to museum on Tuesday), Tartu, Estonia
Primary focus group: master, doctoral and advanced undergraduate students, and young scholars in philosophy and history
Amount of credits and final assessment (facultative): 3 ECTS, differentiated
Maximum number of participants: 25
For credits, the participant must write a 4-6 page essay based on a topic of the workshop, to be handed in two weeks after the workshop. More detailed info (the pages will be complemented).
There are a limited number of travel supports of up to 200 euros available for graduate students from abroad.
This intensive course focuses on the current state of the philosophy of history and historiography. We will consider the nature of narrativism, rationality, representationalism and pragmatism in the context of the philosophy of historiography. The central questions are: What is historical knowledge? How can it be justified?
The course bases itself on Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen’s book Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography and its view, according to which historiography is a rational practice of its own kind. He will be presenting new material that develops this insight and forms the core of a new book preliminarily entitled Why History Matters: The Rational Grounding of Historiography. The course is composed of both lectures and seminars, including practical workshops and a visit to a local museum.
Students are expected to prepare for the course by reading the following material:
Main course material
Kuukkanen, Jouni-Matti. 2015. Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography. London: Palgrave.
Brandom, Robert. 2001. “Introduction.” In R. Brandom, Articulating Reasons. An Introduction to Inferentialism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1-45.
McMeekin, Sean. 2013. The Russian Origins of the First World War. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
And at least two reviews of the book. For example:
- Evans, Richard. 2011. “The Road to Slaughter.” New Republic (December 5, 2011)
- Sanborn, Joshua. 2012. A review in The American Historical Review, Volume 117, Issue 4, Pages 1329–1330 (https://doi.org/10.1093/ahr/117.4.1329)
- Stoff, Laurie. 2013. A review in The Journal of World History, Volume 23, Issue 3. 719-721.
- (Or any other professionally prepared review).
Stories of Finnish Art edited by S. Pettersson, A. Utriainen and S. Metsola. Ateneum/Finnish National gallery and Hatje & Cantz.
The main course material relates to all course content during the week. McMeekin’s book and the reviews will be used in two workshop meetings, and Stories of Finnish Art in one workshop meeting.
Application deadline has passed.
Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen is currently Associate Professor in Philosophy, and a director of the Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, at the University of Oulu. His book Postnarrativist Philosophy of Historiography (Palgrave 2015) won the ICHTH Book Prize for The History and Theory of Historiography in 2017. See more about him.
Additional information: Endla Lõhkivi (endla.lohkivi(at)ut.ee, Ave Mets (avemets(at)ut.ee)
This event is supported by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund).