Whig view of history

Related Overviews


'Whig view of history' can also refer to...


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Philosophy


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Term coined by the historian Herbert Butterfield as the title of his book The Whig Interpretation of History (1931). The error is that of reading history as a progress, starting in some benighted time and somehow directed upon, or inevitably culminating in, the glorious present. More generally it may include the error of reading present beliefs and attitudes back into the past. See also rationalization.

Subjects: Philosophy.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.