- Apr 2008
To bring Nietzsche into it, one thing about history is it patently isn't true and for Niezsche nihilism is the belief in something that isn't true. So historians are nihilists. But something is lost in this equation, appreciation of the creativity needed to make up a successful narrative. Being a historian is about blinding oneself to about the narrative side of things and pretending it's all facts.I don't presonally view history as a science, I think it should firmly placed in the cantagory of the humanities. History is an act of narrative construction. It all depends on the selection of facts to create your narrative. I think Foucault is particularly effective at pointing this out, how narrative constructs reality, etc. I think it's an important distinction. Is history a science or is it merely an interpretive exercise. I also think Foucault is helpful in viewing science as a construction. The questions one chooses to ask predetermine answers. It's all about position in society etc.