Author, text, and historical interpretation: an understanding based on the study on the history of thoughts

LI Hongtu1

(1.Department of History, Fudan University)

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【Funds】 Project of Humanities and Social Sciences Key Research Base of the Ministry of Education (16JJD770016)

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    [1]. ① For example, in the 1990s, the British historian, Lawrence Stone and Richard J. Evans, published History and Postmodernism and In Defense of History, respectively, to criticize the postmodern study of history. Even the French historian, Roger Chartier, belonging to the post-modern historiography camp also published On the Edge of the Cliff: History, Language and Practices. He argued that postmodern history is standing on the edge of the cliff. In the study on the history of thoughts, the “historical contextualism” advocated by the Cambridge School is also a response to the history of postmodernism. Professor Zhang Jiang recently published “强制阐释论” (Literature Review (文学评论), (6) (2014)), “评’人人都是他自己的历史学家’—兼论相对主义的历史阐释” (Historical Research (历史研究), (1) (2017)), and “公共阐释论纲” (Academic Research (学术研究), (6) (2017)), and other papers to review the text and hermeneutics based on postmodern theory among other issues and expressed own opinions. [^Back]

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    [28]. ② This is the lecture given by the Author at the Department of History, Fudan University in May 2017. The manuscript was translated by Guan Yingran, a candidate for doctoral degree at the Department of History, Fudan University and proofread by Zhou Baowei, associate professor at the Political Department, East China Normal University. [^Back]

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CN: 11-1213/K

Vol , No. 01, Pages 20-28

February 2018

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  • 1 Is the author dead?
  • 2 Author’s intention and formation of text
  • 3 Returning to historical interpretation
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