>>681120 >What's more important to studying and understanding history?
>Fact or interpretation?
Facts don't exist, only interpretations exist.
The way we understand history is through documents, texts. Even "oral" records are documentary. Even physical remains are interpreted into texts when we examine them.
There is no "fact" lying behind the world for us to uncover in the discipline of history. Just competing readings, some of which seem convincing.
>Empiricism, realism or relativism?
U wot? This is a completely disconnected set of ideas, none of which have very much meaning to historiographical debates. The chief debates tend to regard whether there is teleos (a deep order with direction), how theory relates to sources (does theory lie in the sources?), and how social relationships ("nation" etc) work in practice.
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