Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

The problem with historical arguments from silence

| August 3, 2018

Historical arguments from silence are a common feature of academic work. Originally a means of dealing with historical subjects where a weak or missing evidentiary record makes direct examination of an event impossible, arguments from silence instead draw inferences from what is not said or not recorded. For example, if a historical document neglects to […]