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Professor Jonathan L. Gorman

Emeritus Professor 

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Curriculum Vitae

(MA Edinburgh, PhD Cambridge, MRIA)

Research Interests

The application of analytic pragmatic philosophy to historical thought and to law, with associated work in the history of historiography and in legal theory.  

Recent/Selected Publications


“Moral philosophy:  strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats”, The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative, Royal Irish Academy Ethics & Society Opinion Series, online publication, accessible from 25th March 2015.

History as fiction:  the pragmatic truth”, in The Fiction of History, ed. Alexander Macfie (Routledge Approaches to History Series), Abingdon, Oxon. & New York, NY:  Routledge, 2014, 13-30.   Hbk 978-0-415-72301-5.   Ebk 978-1-315-77354-4. 

“Hayden White as analytical philosopher of mind”, Rethinking History:  The Journal of Theory and Practice, published online 6th September 2013, DOI: 10.1080/13642529.2013.825083, 1-21.   ISSN 1470-1154.

"The limits of historiographical choice in temporal distinctions”, in Breaking Up Time.   Negotiating the Borders between Present, Past and Future, eds. Chris Lorenz and Berber Bevernage (“White Series” of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies), Göttingen:  Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2013, 155-175.   ISBN 978-3-525-31046-5;  ISBN 978-3-647-31046-6 (e-book). 

“The transmission of our understanding of historical time”, Historia Social y de la Educación-Social and Education History 1(2), 2012, 129-152.   ISSN 2014-3567.   (Open Journal System, accessible from 23rd June 2012.)

“The presuppositions of writing the history of historiography”, Storia della storiografia 59-60, 2011, 198-208 (theme II:  “What philosophers of history can do with the self-images of the historical discipline”, edited by Davide Bondì).   ISSN 0392-8926.

“The normativity of logic in the history of ideas”, Intellectual History Review 21(1), 2011, 3-13.   ISSN 1749-6977.

“The grammar of historiography”, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science: Journal of the History of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science 3, 2010, 44-53.   ISSN 0042-8744.

“Ethics and the writing of historiography”, A Companion to the Philosophy of History and Historiography, ed. Aviezer Tucker, Oxford, etc.:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, 253-261.   ISBN 978-1-4051-4908-2.

Historical Judgement:  The Limits of Historiographical Choice, Stocksfield:  Acumen Publishing, December 2007;  Montreal & Kingston/Ithaca:  McGill-Queen’s University Press, January 2008.   Cloth edition ISBN 978-1-84465-109-2 (UK) and 978-0-7735-3409-4 (USA/Canada), paper edition ISBN 978-1-84465-110-8 (UK) and 978-0-7735-3410-0 (USA/Canada).   “Jonathan Gorman has established himself as the most important British philosopher of history since Collingwood” (Richard Vann, Senior Editor of History and Theory, AcumenPublishing website).

“The commonplaces of ‘revision’ and their implications for historiographical understanding”, History and Theory, Theme Issue 46 on “Revision in History”, 2007, 20-44.   Print version ISSN 0018-2656;  online version ISSN 1468-2303.

“Three-person justification”, Law, Rights and Discourse:  The Legal Philosophy of Robert Alexy, ed. George Pavlakos, Oxford:  Hart Publishing, 2007, 207-224.   ISBN 1-84113-676-X.

Understanding History:  An Introduction to Analytical Philosophy of History, Ottawa:  University of Ottawa Press, Philosophica series, 1992, reprinted 2005.   ISBN 0 7766 0355 8.

“Historians and their duties”, History and Theory, Theme Issue 43 on “Historians and Ethics”, 2004, 103-117.   ISSN 0018-2656

Rights and Reason:  An Introduction to the Philosophy of Rights, Chesham:  Acumen, August 2003;  Montreal & Kingston/Ithaca:  McGill-Queen’s University Press, September 2003.   Cloth edition ISBN 1-902683-73-0 (UK) and 0-7735-2679-X (USA/Canada), paper edition ISBN 1-902683-74-9 (UK) and 0-7735-2680-3 (USA/Canada). 

“Objectivity and truth in history”, in History and Theory:  Contemporary Readings, eds. Brian Fay, Philip Pomper and Richard T. Vann, Oxford:  Blackwell, 1998, 320-341.   ISBN 0 631 20952 2.   Reprinted from Inquiry 17, 1974, 373-397.

The Expression of Historical Knowledge, Edinburgh:  Edinburgh University Press;  New York:  Columbia University Press, 1982.   ISBN 0 85224 427 4.