chapter  4
Philosophy and history: some issues in recent marxist theory
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Our discussions have largely been about marxist or socialist historiography, and marxism is particularly prone to epistemological debates about its forms of explanation. Two good reasons for this are, first, that marxists have typically claimed to be more 'scientific' than rival theorists, and second, marxism's scientific character is held to better the prospect of changing historical development in a socialist direction. In a sense, then, marxist historiography is inevitably tied to issues about 'science', 'theory', and facts, partly because of the ultimately practical object of the marxist enterprise.