chapter  4
Scientific Historiography
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Friedrich Nietzsche sided mainly with the scientific historians in so-called history wars at Berlin against the Romantics and Hegelians. But this does not mean he can be thought to have supported their effort to transform history into a science at least not without serious qualification. Nietzsche identifies streams of cultural Nachteile that run across the lines of these two quite different versions of objectivity. The first involves his epistemological critique of the possibility of writing historiography objectively, and the second involves his cultural critique of those who would seek to read only objective historiography. The strategy here outlines the two ideals of objectivity that Nietzsche targeted to exposit Nietzsche's criticisms in terms of the epistemology of the history-producers and the cultural shortcomings of the history-receivers. The chapter outlines the prospects for what Nietzsche thinks is a legitimate form of objectivity in historiography: objectivity as just judgment. Nietzsche clearly opposes the dominant views of objectivity as ways of making history a science.