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Patrick Lancaster Gardiner 1922–1997

A. E. DENHAM

in Proceedings of the British Academy, 138 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, V

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263938
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263938.003.0005

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Patrick Lancaster Gardiner 1922–1997

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Patrick Lancaster Gardiner is best known and most widely esteemed for his work on the nature of historical explanation. By addressing the problem of the limits of objectivity in relation to a variety of philosophical issues, he presciently identified the source of a number of philosophical disputes well before they had properly developed. This was certainly the case in Gardiner's treatment of historical explanation, and it is true also of his later treatment of the claims of the personal versus the impersonal in ethical life.

Keywords: philosophy of history; historical explanation; biography; obituary

Chapter.  9702 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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