The Theory of History, Literary History, and Historiography

Rusch argues that "the past" is not knowable to humanity, but consists of humanity's perception of reality; this limits the possibility of testing the accuracy of histories or historiographies, which last he states are limited to merely commenting upon the plausibility of historical works in light of other historical works. By way of solution to this dilemma, Rusch offers a "constructivist" approach to historiography, attempting to rise above mere collections of "stories" in an attempt to produce a construction of perceived reality. He argues that such a methodology is superior as it can be used to develop models of behavior like those found in economics and sociology. (Joseph M. Isenberg) (Abstract via Allan Megill)