Ideally, interdisciplinary research allows scholars to travel a part of their journey together. They can explore mutual research goals and benefit from the distance travelled by others. But an interdisciplinary exchange goes beyond fact sharing, especially when the disciplines involved employ wholly different methods. So before disciplines can profit from one another, they need to adapt to each others’ mode of travel, i.e. ‘inside knowledge’ of rules and regulations.
My dissertation attempts such an exchange between history and argumentation theory. Historians generally appear to agree on the epistemology of historical fact, their role as scientists, the tools they use. I focus on discussions between historians that disrupt this consensus: historical controversies about the Holocaust. Historians have identified their starkly differing moral views as the stumbling blocks in these controversies. But the way they present and debate their thoughts, prevents them from finding a way around the obstruction. They need to switch to a different mode of travel to escape the gridlock.
|Keywords:||History, Methodology, Holocaust, Controversy, Argumentation Theory, Pragmadialectic, Moral Views, InterDisciplinary|
PhD student, Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory, and Retoric, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Noord Holland, Netherlands
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