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The Musical Imagination as a possible model to rethink the Theory of History

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Author(s): JOSÉ D'ASSUNÇÃO BARROS

Journal: História e Cultura
ISSN 2238-6270

Volume: 02;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 04;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Chord | Historiography | Historiographical Chords.

ABSTRACT
Originally presented as a conference paper, this article aims to support that a Musical Imagination could bring to the History, specially referring to the Theory of History, the possibility of new ways of considering the theory complexity of various authors, between historians, philosophers, social scientists and others. More specifically, the discussion aims to present the possibility of using a musical metaphor to discuss the complexity of the theoretical identities of historians and philosophers of History. The metaphor used – the ‘theory chord’ – intents apprehend the complexity of an author supposing that no author, or at least a few number of authors, could be closely classified in a single historiography paradigm, such as Positivism, Historicism or Historical Materialism. The ideas presented in this article will be developed in an author's book which will be published by the end of 2010, which seeks to analyze various historians and their works using the metaphor proposed.
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