Tor Egil Førland

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Tor Egil Førland (born 5 May 1959) is professor of history at the University of Oslo.

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Between 2003 and 2004 Førland was Subdean of education at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo, responsible for implementing the Quality Reform at the faculty. Førland was Head of education and Deputy head of Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH) during 2009–2012. Førland has been Head of Department since 2013.

As a historian, Førland has specialized in the radicalism of the 1960s and 1970s and in contemporary international history. He has published books and articles on the history of the EU, European integration, the Cold War and the 1968 protests.

Førland has also contributed to the debate on objectivity and values in historiography, taking a stance against the postmodern relativization of truth. He has applied the philosopher Peter Railton’s concept of the “ideal explanatory text” to argue that the ideal of objectivity in historiography is attainable. [1]

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References

  1. Førland, Tor Egil (2004). "The Ideal Explanatory Text in History: A Plea for Ecumenism". History and Theory. 43 (3): 321–340. JSTOR   3590646.