This essay is about the persistent and obdurate misunderstanding of two things that history cannot do without: the concept of truth and the kind of inferential exposition or argument that we call narrative. It is as if people want to make life interesting, or they want to sound original, so they misconstrue truth and narrative. Being wrong is not original, and in the process of getting things wrong they make them dull and predictable. They also forget just how much philosophers have been able to say about truth - this essay is a reminder - and just how important truth is to logic, and logic is to narrative.
Essay 5. Truth and Historical Narrative