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Editor-in-Chief Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

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The Journal of the Philosophy of History (JPH) is devoted to philosophical examinations of history and of historiography. We are interested in conceptual studies of what history and historiography are and of what their philosophy is and ought to be.

The journal covers a wide range of questions: epistemological questions regarding whether, and what kind of, knowledge of the past is possible; ontological questions regarding history and history-writing; phenomenological questions regarding historical experience; semantic questions regarding the referentiality and meaning of both historiographical texts as wholes and their constitutive statements; philosophy of science-related questions regarding the nature of historiographical explanation and understanding as well as the scientific status of historiography generally; and axiological questions regarding the ethical and aesthetical value of history-writing.

The philosophy of history has a rich history. We welcome submissions that engage with that history, so long as they contribute to the philosophical understanding of history or of historiography. We also welcome manuscripts that deal with philosophical questions and problems regarding the historiography of science. Finally, we have a strong interest in forging closer relations between philosophy and history: How can history help to solve philosophical problems? How can philosophy illuminate problems in the researching and writing of history? The Journal of the Philosophy of History is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. We welcome contributions from all branches of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy of the historiography of science, aesthetics, and value theory, so long as they engage fruitfully with history and historiography. We also welcome historiographical contributions, so long as they engage fruitfully with issues in the philosophy of history and of historiography.