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In Defense of Presentism

Title of the event In Defense of Presentism
Organizer Ostasiatisches Seminar, Institut für Soziologie
Speaker Prof. David Armitage
Speaker institution Harvard University
Type of event Vortrag
Category Forschung
Registration required Nein
Details Historians know one thing about presentism: they are against it. Yet what exactly presentism is, they cannot agree. Is it a focus on modern history or a novel way of thinking confined to the present at the expense of both past and future? Does it mean speaking only to the concerns of the present or recognising that “all history is contemporary history”? This confusion is a symptom of a deeper quandary: the very purpose of history writing itself. With the help of scholarship on presentism in other disciplines--philosophy, psychology, history of science—this lecture disentangles the various meanings of presentism, presents their ethical implications, and offers a tempered defence of presentism in history as a key to human flourishing.
Date Start: 24.04.2019, 18:00 Uhr
Ende: 24.04.2019 , 20:00 Uhr
Location Tagungs- und Veranstaltungshaus Alte Mensa (Wilhelmsplatz 3)
Contact 0551/39-21255
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