Geschichtstheorie zwischen postmoderner Philosophie und geschichtswissenschaftlicher Paxis

A conceptual essay discussing philosophical works by Frank Ankersmit, Richard J. Evans, François Lyotard, Lawrence Stone, Hayden White, and others who grapple with (and in some cases, promote) the postmodern view that historical scholarship can provide only relative truths about the past because evidence and source material are filtered through our own subjectivity. That is, historical sources do not reveal the past but rather interpretations of the past. In Evans's view, this historical relativism leads to the absurdity of Holocaust denial. Research, according to Evans, can indeed lead to a reconstruction of the past.