David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 2 (3):133-145 (2011)
Despite suggestions that the end of metaphysics leaves us with nothing but history, essential questions about the place of history in a post-metaphysical culture have been neglected. In one sense history "weakens" as the scope for "realism" or a teleological master narrative fall away. But it invites overreaction to suggest that history becomes a "process of weakening" insofar as things have come to be as they are not as the resultants of full, meaningful origins, but only through the "dread accident" of the historical process. The world that has resulted from history is the only one we have, and it weighs on us; in that sense history does not weaken but strengthens. Still, the historical process enveloping us is not Hegelian and necessary but weak and contingent, its outcomes subject to further contest. Conversely, although truth is weak, finite, and provisional, it is not merely consensual or relative precisely because it is historical. To grasp the sense it which history both weakens and strengthens enables us to grasp the scope for learning more deeply from our historical experience. A fuller range of historical questions about modernity would enable us better to understand the ongoing dangers and possibilities of modern politics
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jon A. Levisohn (2010). Negotiating Historical Narratives: An Epistemology of History for History Education. Journal of Philosophy of Education 44 (1):1-21.
Nikolaĭ Berdi͡aev (2009). The Meaning of History. Semantron Press.
Daniela Vallega-Neu (2008). Rhythmic Delimitations of History: On Heidegger and History. Idealistic Studies 38 (1/2):91-103.
Leonard Mendes Marsak (ed.) (1977). The Nature of Historical Inquiry. R. E. Krieger Publishing Company.
Assen Ignatow (1984). Das Geschichtliche in Marxistischer Sicht. Studies in East European Thought 27 (2):147-173.
Dmitri Nikulin (2008). Memory and History. Idealistic Studies 38 (1/2):75-90.
Added to index2010-08-16
Total downloads6 ( #479,498 of 1,911,437 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #178,657 of 1,911,437 )
How can I increase my downloads?