Paper Title

[1.1] What is History?

Location

IB 1014

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

History | Philosophy | Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This paper addresses the central question of the historian’s craft. Constituted in the present by the passage of time, history is the constant interweaving of event and account. Relayed through narrative and memorialized by historians, history’s concern is the past while its location is the present. The temporal realities which bind historians make knowledge of the past necessarily conjectural. It is the reformulation of historical questions which enables the historian to counter the biases which will inevitably be present in their writing. To that end, this paper critically approaches the methodology of historians and problems that lie therein, reading theorists from R.G. Collingwood to John Lewis Gaddis in attempt to ask how these authors collectively answer the question: “What is history?”

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[1.1] What is History?

IB 1014

This paper addresses the central question of the historian’s craft. Constituted in the present by the passage of time, history is the constant interweaving of event and account. Relayed through narrative and memorialized by historians, history’s concern is the past while its location is the present. The temporal realities which bind historians make knowledge of the past necessarily conjectural. It is the reformulation of historical questions which enables the historian to counter the biases which will inevitably be present in their writing. To that end, this paper critically approaches the methodology of historians and problems that lie therein, reading theorists from R.G. Collingwood to John Lewis Gaddis in attempt to ask how these authors collectively answer the question: “What is history?”