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Historical Fact, Realism and Constructivism

(Original title: Historický fakt, realizmus a konštruktivizmus)
Filozofia, 2009, vol. 64, No 7, pp. 625-633.
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Abstract

The aim of the paper is to discuss the account of the fact presented by Václav Černík. First, the author outlines the views of the defenders of the naîve realism, constructivism (or narrativism), and critical realism in historiography. The leading proponents of narrativism hold, that what the historians construe is not single facts, but general narrative interpretations. The second part offers a critical analysis of some notions and distinctions introduced by Černík in his theory of the social fact. The most questionable are his concept of observation statements and his way of differentiating between observational and theoretical statements. The author’s conclusion is that the most reliable is the middle ground between naîve realism and constructivism in their radical forms.

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