Thursday Lecture Series: Evidence

Evidence, Argument, and Story

Thursday, The Heyman Center

How should we establish and interpret a piece of historical evidence?
How can an argument be made based on the evidence
we have? What are the problems we face in constructing an evidence-
based story, and what are the “solutions” we have to these
problems? Dingxin Zhao, who has been doing research on both
modern and historical China for twenty years, has contemplated
various methodological issues related to these questions.
His talk, based largely on his recent research on the patterns
of Chinese history, considered the problems in the collection and
interpretation of historical evidence and in the construction of
plausible arguments and stories.