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The Resource Historical truth and lies about the past: : reflections on Dewey, Dreyfus, de Man, and Reagan, Alan B. Spitzer

Historical truth and lies about the past: : reflections on Dewey, Dreyfus, de Man, and Reagan, Alan B. Spitzer

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Historical truth and lies about the past: : reflections on Dewey, Dreyfus, de Man, and Reagan
Title
Historical truth and lies about the past:
Title remainder
reflections on Dewey, Dreyfus, de Man, and Reagan
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Alan B. Spitzer
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Language
eng
Summary
Historians have long struggled with the questions of historical relativism, objectivity, and standards of proof and evidence. Intellectual historian Alan Spitzer focuses on the contradiction between theory and practice by presenting case studies of four politically charged debates about the past: the response to the report of the commission chaired by John Dewey that evaluated the accusations made against Leon Trotsky in the Moscow Purge Trials of 1937, the Dreyfus Affair in turn-of-the-century France, the allegations about the extent and meaning of literary critic Paul de Man's complicity with the German occupation forces in wartime Belgium, and Ronald Reagan's justification for his 1987 visit to a German cemetery where Nazi SS officers are buried. Spitzer's argument centers on the ways in which the authority of 'objective' criteria for historical judgment are introduced in politicized disputes about the past, regardless of the theoretical qualification or repudiation of such standards. The higher the political stakes, the more likely the antagonists are to appeal to generally warranted standards of relevant evidence and rational inference. Spitzer's commentary speaks to issues that transcend the specific content of the four cases he discusses
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Midwest
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hoopla (Digital media service)
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1925-
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Spitzer, Alan B.
Dewey number
907/.2
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Historiography
  • Truth
  • Objectivity
  • History, Modern
Target audience
adult
Label
Historical truth and lies about the past: : reflections on Dewey, Dreyfus, de Man, and Reagan, Alan B. Spitzer
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT11718928
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1 online resource.
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  • online
  • electronic
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9780807864692
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
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MWT11718928
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remote
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11718928
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Historical truth and lies about the past: : reflections on Dewey, Dreyfus, de Man, and Reagan, Alan B. Spitzer
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT11718928
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780807864692
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT11718928
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11718928
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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