Kurt Riezler, “The Historian and Truth,”

History is a science. It seeks the “truth.” But science is in quest of laws; history is content with describing the particular. What kind of particular? What is in the particular?

To the historian the truth of a description means in practice its concordance with a kind of reality, the “historical reality.” To him the problem of truth is the problem of this historical reality and its specific character. To him this question is independent from and prior to the other problem-how to verify the truth.

Source: The Journal of Philosophy 45.14 (1 Jul 1948): 378-388

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