[Humanist] 23.563 why history

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  [1]   From:    James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>                       (9)
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 23.560 why history

  [2]   From:    John Lavagnino <John.Lavagnino at kcl.ac.uk>                 (13)
        Subject: Re: Why history?


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        Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:28:14 -0500
        From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 23.560 why history
        In-Reply-To: <20100112063256.E2C6524C14 at woodward.joyent.us>


>From Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript:

"The historian seeks to reach the greatest possible certainty, and the
historian is not in any contradiction, because he is not in passion; at most
he has the research scholar's objective passion.  As a research scholar, he
belongs to a major endeavor from generation to generation; it is at all
times objectively and scientifically important for him to come as close to
certainty as possible, but it is not subjectively important to him." (p.
575, Hongs' translation, 1992)

Jim R



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        Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:09:34 +0000
        From: John Lavagnino <John.Lavagnino at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Re: Why history?
        In-Reply-To: <20100112063256.E2C6524C14 at woodward.joyent.us>

Carl Becker's "Everyman His Own Historian" is still worth reading: with 
its clever strategy of talking about how everybody is a historian:

http://www.historians.org/info/AHA_history/clbecker.htm

John

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