Benefit of Hindsight: Polybius, Vico, Wilde, and Critical Emergentism

14 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2007 Last revised: 13 Nov 2007

Jose Angel Garcia Landa

Universidad de Zaragoza

Date Written: November 2007

Abstract

This paper is a reading of Oscar Wilde's essay The Rise of Historical Criticism, analyzing Oscar Wilde's conception of critical historiography, with a particular focus on the issues of hindsight bias, on the hermeneutics of retrospection and on Wilde's position within the tradition of emergentist theory and cultural evolutionism.

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Keywords: Wilde, Polybius, Vico, Emergence, Hindsight, Hermeneutics, History, Criticism, Interpretation, Historiography

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Benefit of Hindsight: Polybius, Vico, Wilde, and Critical Emergentism (November 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1027923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1027923

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

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Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

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